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Ian Russell McEwan|
21 June 1948
Aldershot, England, UK
(m. 1982–1995, divorced)
Annalena McAfee (m. 1997–)
McEwan was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England and spent much of his childhood in the Far East, Germany and North Africa where his father, an officer in the army, was posted. He was educated at the University of Sussex and the University of East Anglia, where he was the first graduate of Malcolm Bradbury's pioneering creative writing course.
He has been married twice. His second wife, Annalena McAfee, is the editor of the Guardian's Review section.
In March and April of 2004, just months after the British government had invited him to a dinner with First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, McEwan was denied entry into the United States by the United States Department of Homeland Security for not having the proper visa for earning a living (McEwan was preparing to give a series of paid lectures). Only after several days and publicity in the British press was McEwan admitted because, as he said a customs official had told him, "We still do not want to let you in, but this is attracting a lot of unfavourable publicity."
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, in 1999. He was awarded a CBE in 2000.
His 2005 novel, Saturday, follows an especially eventful day in the life of a neurosurgeon. Mr Henry Perowne, the main character, lives in a house on a square in central London where McEwan himself lives after relocating from Oxford. The novel was on the short list of possible Booker Prize winners.
- The Cement Garden (1978, filmed in 1993)
- The Comfort of Strangers (1981, filmed in 1990)
- The Child in Time (1987)
- The Innocent (1989, filmed in 1993)
- Black Dogs (1992)
- Enduring Love (1997, filmed in 2004)
- Amsterdam (1998)
- Atonement (2001)
- Saturday (2005)
- On Chesil Beach (2007)
Short fiction collections
- The Imitation Game (1981)
- or Shall We Die? (1983)
- What We Believe but Cannot Prove : Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty, John Brockman, ed. (2005)
- Official website
- Ian McEwan in Guardian Books: Authors section
- Powells.com interview
- Salon.com interview
- PBS interview: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero
- 1990 audio interview with Don Swaim at Wired For Books