Ian McEwan Books In Order

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Cement Garden (1978)
  2. The Comfort of Strangers (1981)
  3. The Child in Time (1987)
  4. The Innocent (1990)
  5. Black Dogs (1992)
  6. The Daydreamer (1994)
  7. Enduring Love (1997)
  8. Amsterdam (1998)
  9. Atonement (2001)
  10. Saturday (2005)
  11. On Chesil Beach (2007)
  12. For You (2008)
  13. Solar (2010)
  14. Sweet Tooth (2012)
  15. The Children Act (2014)
  16. Nutshell (2016)
  17. Machines Like Me (2019)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. My Purple Scented Novel (2016)
  2. The Co*ckroach (2019)
  3. Science (2019)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. First Love, Last Rites (1975)
  2. In Between the Sheets (1978)
  3. The Imitation Game: Three Plays for Television (1981)
  4. Or Shall We Die? (1983)
  5. A Move Abroad (1989)
  6. The Short Stories (1995)

Standalone Plays In Publication Order

  1. The Ploughman’s Lunch (1985)
  2. Soursweet (1989)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Conversations with Ian McEwan (2010)

Pan Book of Horror Stories Books In Publication Order

  1. The Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Jack Finney,Herbert van Thal) (1959)
  2. The First Pan Book Of Horror Stories (By:Bram Stoker,Herbert van Thal) (1959)
  3. The Third Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Herbert van Thal) (1962)
  4. The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:,Herbert van Thal) (1963)
  5. The Fifth Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Herbert van Thal) (1964)
  6. 7THPAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES (By:,Herbert van Thal) (1966)
  7. The Ninth Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Tanith Lee,,,,Herbert van Thal) (1968)
  8. The Tenth Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:,,,,Herbert van Thal) (1969)
  9. The Twelfth Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Patricia Highsmith,Herbert van Thal) (1971)
  10. The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Herbert van Thal) (1972)
  11. The 14th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Herbert van Thal,,,,,Alex White) (1973)
  12. The 15th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:,Herbert van Thal,,,Alex White) (1974)
  13. The 16th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Alan Lee,,Herbert van Thal,,,,Elleston Trevor) (1975)
  14. The 17th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Alan Lee,Herbert van Thal,,Alex White,Elleston Trevor) (1976)
  15. The 18th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Patricia Highsmith,Herbert van Thal) (1977)
  16. The 19th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Robert Holdstock,,Herbert van Thal) (1978)
  17. The 20th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:,Herbert van Thal) (1979)
  18. The 22nd Pan Book of Horror Stories (With: Herbert van Thal) (1981)
  19. The 23rd Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Ruth Rendell,,Herbert van Thal,,,,Alex White) (1982)
  20. The 24th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Patricia Highsmith,Roald Dahl,Herbert van Thal) (1983)
  21. The 25th Pan Book of Horror Stories (By:Stephen King,,Herbert van Thal) (1984)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. The 22nd Pan Book of Horror Stories (1981)

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Ian McEwan Books Overview

The Cement Garden

First, Father dies. Then Mother, wilting away in her bed, stops breathing. Suddenly 14 year old Jack and his three siblings are left alone in the family house. They are free to live however they choose, but without parental guidance, they quickly descend into a nightmarish world of depravity. Facing an uncertain future, they preserve a terrible secret that could shatter their existence.

The Comfort of Strangers

Set in Venice, two unsuspecting tourists, Colin and Mary, are vulnerable prey for those who know their way around. When searching for a restaurant, the couple encounters a polite man called Robert, who offers help, and they enjoy a night of story telling and drinking. Yet somehow they will meet him again and become drawn into a fantasy of violence and obsession.

The Child in Time

Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, is confronted with the unthinkable: his only child, three year old Kate, is snatched from him in a supermarket. In one horrifying moment that replays itself over the years that follow, Stephen realizes his daughter is gone. With extraordinary tenderness and insight, Booker Prize winning author Ian McEwan takes us into the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Kate’s absence sets Stephen and his wife, Julie, on diverging paths as they each struggle with a grief that only seems to intensify with the passage of time. Eloquent and passionate, the novel concludes in a triumphant scene of love and hope that gives full rein to the author’s remarkable gifts. The winner of the Whitbread Prize, The Child in Time is an astonishing novel by one of the finest writers of his generation.

The Innocent

The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty five year old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life and to lose his unwanted innocence. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he’s willing to shed.

Black Dogs

Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Black Dogs is the intimate story of the crumbling of a marriage, as witnessed by an outsider. Jeremy is the son in law of Bernard and June Tremaine, whose union and estrangement began almost simultaneously. Seeking to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences Bernard and June cannot reconcile, Jeremy undertakes writing June’s memoirs, only to be led back again and again to one terrifying encouner forty years earlier a moment that, for June, was as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy’s own time. In a finely crafted, compelling examination of evil and grace, Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civiliation’s darkest moods its Black Dogs with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.

The Daydreamer

From the inexhaustible imagination of Ian McEwan a master of contemporary fiction and author of the Booker Prize winning national bestseller Amsterdam an enchanting work of fiction that appeals equally to children and adults. First published in England as a children’s book, The Daydreamer marks a delightful foray by one of our greatest novelists into a new fictional domain. In these seven exquisitely interlinked episodes, the grown up protagonist Peter Fortune reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses, and adventures of his childhood. Living somewhere between dream and reality, Peter experiences fantastical transformations: he swaps bodies with the wise old family cat; exchanges existences with a cranky infant; encounters a very bad doll who has come to life and is out for revenge; and rummages through a kitchen drawer filled with useless objects to discover some not so useless cream that actually makes people vanish. Finally, he wakes up as an eleven year old inside a grown up body and embarks on the truly fantastic adventure of falling in love. Moving, dreamlike, and extraordinary, The Daydreamer marks yet another imaginative departure for Ian McEwan, and one that adds new breadth to his body of work.

Enduring Love

Science writer Joe Rose is spending a day in the country with his long time lover, Clarissa, when he witnesses a tragic accident a balloon with a boy trapped in it is being tossed by the wind, and, in an attempt to save the child, a man is killed. As though that isn’t disturbing enough, a man named Jed Parry, who has joined Rose in helping to bring the balloon to safety, believes that something has passed between him and Rose something that sparks in Parry a deranged, obsessive kind of love. Soon Parry is stalking Rose, who turns to science to try to understand the situation. Parry apparently suffers from a condition known to psychiatrists as de Clerambault Syndrome, in which the afflicted individual obsessively pursues the object of his desire until the frustrated love turns to hate and rage transforming one of life’s most valued experiences into pathological horror. As Rose grows more paranoid and terrified, as his treasured relationship with Clarissa breaks under the tension of his fear, Rose realizes that he needs to find something beyond the cold reasoning of science if this love is to be endured. With the cool brilliance and deep compassion that defined his best novels The Comfort of Strangers, The Innocent, Ian McEwan has once again spun a tale of life intruded upon by shocks of violence and discovered profound truths about the nature of love and the power of forgiveness.


On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly’s lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence. Clive is Britain’s most successful modern composer; Vernon is editor of the quality broadsheet The Judge. Gorgeous, feisty Molly had had other lovers, too, notably Julian Garmony, foreign secretary, a notorious right winger tipped to be the next prime minister. In the days that follow Molly’s funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits, and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. In Amsterdam, a contemporary morality tale that is as profound as it is witty, we have Ian McEwan at his wisest and most wickedly disarming. And why Amsterdam? What happens there to Clive and Vernon is the most delicious climax of a novel brim*ming with surprises. Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize


On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen year old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony s sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl s scheming imagination. And Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will color her entire life. In each of his novels Ian McEwan has brilliantly drawn his reader into the intimate lives and situations of his characters. But never before has he worked with so large a canvas: In Atonement he takes the reader from a manor house in England in 1935 to the retreat from Dunkirk in 1941; from the London s World War II military hospitals to a reunion of the Tallis clan in 1999. Atonement is Ian McEwan s finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, the novel is at its center a profound and profoundly moving exploration of shame and forgiveness and the difficulty of absolution.


Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind, a newspaper lawyer, and proud father of two grown up children, one a promising poet, the other a talented blues musician. Unusually, he wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease. What troubles him as he looks out at the night sky is the state of the world the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city, its openness and diversity, and his happy family life are under threat. Later, Perowne makes his way to his weekly squash game through London streets filled with hundreds of thousands of anti war protestors. A minor car accident brings him into a confrontation with Baxter, a fidgety, aggressive, young man, on the edge of violence. To Perowne’s professional eye, there appears to be something profoundly wrong with him. Towards the end of a day rich in incident and filled with Perowne’s celebrations of life’s pleasures music, food, love, the exhilarations of sport and the satisfactions of exacting work his family gathers for a reunion. But with the sudden appearance of Baxter, Perowne’s earlier fears seem about to be realised. Ian McEwan’s last novel, Atonement, was hailed as a masterpiece all over the world. Saturday shares its confident, graceful prose and its remarkable perceptiveness, but is perhaps even more dramatically compelling, showing how life can change in an instant, for better or for worse. It is the work of a writer at the very height of his powers.

On Chesil Beach

The 1 bestselling author of Saturday and Atonement brilliantly illuminates the collision of sexual longing, deep seated fears and romantic fantasy in his unforgettable, emotionally engaging new novel. The year is 1962. Florence, the daughter of a successful businessman and an aloof Oxford academic, is a talented violinist. She dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, the earnest young history student she met by chance and who unexpectedly wooed her and won her heart. Edward grew up in the country on the outskirts of Oxford where his father, the headmaster of the local school, struggled to keep the household together and his mother, brain damaged from an accident, drifted in a world of her own. Edward’s native intelligence, coupled with a longing to experience the excitement and intellectual fervour of the city, had taken him to University College in London. Falling in love with the accomplished, shy and sensitive Florence and having his affections returned with equal intensity has utterly changed his life. Their marriage, they believe, will bring them happiness, the confidence and the freedom to fulfill their true destinies. The glowing promise of the future, however, cannot totally mask their worries about the wedding night. Edward, who has had little experience with women, frets about his sexual prowess. Florence s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by conflicting emotions and a fear of the moment she will surrender herself. From the precise and intimate depiction of two young lovers eager to rise above the hurts and confusion of the past, to the touching story of how their unexpressed misunderstandings and fears shape the rest of their lives, On Chesil Beach is an extraordinary novel that brilliantly, movingly shows us how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken. From the Hardcover edition.


The literary event of the summer: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half heartedly heads a government backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michael s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man s ambitions and self deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world s great writers. From the Hardcover edition.

First Love, Last Rites

Ian McEwan’s Somerset Maugham Award winning collection First Love, Last Rites brought him instant recognition as one of the most influential voices writing in England today. Taut, brooding, and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness. These tales are as horrifying as anything written by Clive Barker or Stephen King, but they are crafted with a lyricism and intensity that compel us to confront our secret kinship with the horrifying.

In Between the Sheets

Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. A two timing po*rnographer becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair. And in the course of a weekend with his teenage daughter, a guilt ridden father discovers the depths of his own blundering innocence. At once chilling and beguiling, and written in prose of lacerating beauty, In Between the Sheets is a tour de force by one of England’s most acclaimed practitioners of literary unease.


This is the screen adaptation of the novel by Timothy Mo. It begins with a traditional Chinese wedding in one of the villages of the New Territories. Four years later, Lily and Chen emigrate to England. The film is about their marriage, and how their love becomes eroded by an alien culture and blackmail. Ian McEwan is the author of ‘In Between the Sheets’, ‘Comfort of Strangers’, ‘Ploughman’s Lunch’ and ‘Child in Time’. He has also written a number of plays for television.

Conversations with Ian McEwan

Conversations with Ian McEwan collects sixteen interviews, conducted over three decades, with the British author of such highly praised novels as Enduring Love, Atonement, Saturday, and On Chesil Beach. McEwan b. 1948 discusses his views on authorship, the writing process, and major themes found in his fiction, but he also expands upon his interests in music, film, global politics, the sciences, and the state of literature in contemporary society. McEwan’s candid and forthcoming discussions with notable contemporary writers Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Ian Hamilton, David Remnick, and Stephen Pinker provide readers with the most in depth portrait available of the author and his works. Readers will find McEwan to be just as engaging, humorous, and intelligent as his writings suggest. The volume includes interviews from British, Spanish, French, and American sources, two interviews previously available only in audio format, and a new interview conducted with the book’s editor.

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