Author(s): Ian McEwan (Read by)
Ian McEwan's symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.
On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment's flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia's childhood friend. But Briony's incomplete grasp of adult motives-together with her precocious literary gifts-brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime's repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.
'The best thing he has ever written' - Observer
Winner of Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best Book Eurasia 2002 and WH Smith Literary Prize 2002. Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Fiction) 2001 and Booker Prize for Fiction 2001 and WHSmith Book Awards (Fiction) 2002.
Atonement is a magnificent novel, shaped and paced with awesome confidence and eloquence', Independent.
'Subtle as well as powerful, adeptly encompassing comedy as well as atrocity, Atonement is a richly intricate book. A superb achievement which combines a magnificent display of the powers of the imagination with a probing exploration of them', Sunday Times.
'He is this country's unrivalled literary giant...a fascinatingly strange, unique and gripping novel'. Independent on Sunday.
Ian McEwan has written two collections of short stories and nine novels. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam. He has also written several film scripts.