The Jerusalem Prize

2011 - Ian McEwan

Born: 21June 1948, Aldershot, Hampshire

Author's quote: "True intelligence requires fabulous imagination."

Field: Fiction & Screenwriting

Prize share: 1/1

Books Written By Ian McEwan

About Ian McEwan

Ian Russell McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldersot, Hampshire. He spent much of his childhood in the Far East, Germany and North Africa. McEwan is an English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Ian McEwan is one of the finest writers of his generation, and amongst the most controversial.

McEwan began his career writing sparse, Gothic short stories. The Cement Garden (1978) and The Comfort of Strangers (1981) were his first two novels, and earned him the nickname "Ian Macabre". These were followed by three novels of some success in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1997, he published Enduring Love, which was made into a film. He won the Man Booker Prize with Amsterdam (1998). In 2001, he published Atonement, which was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. This was followed by Saturday (2005), On Chesil Beach (2007), Solar (2010), and Sweet Tooth (2012). In 2011, he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize.



The Children Acts - Ian McEwan

By Dr. V Stewart

I have problems with most fiction - I'd love to read more, but there's not much that grips and rings true. But with this book I read until way past my bedtime, then woke at four for some more; finished it over breakfast and I want the characters to stay around some more. The story is gripping, but an uncharitable reviewer would say that in the conflicts between the law, religion, morality, and character the author has found a rich seam ready to mine so what would you expect? But it's so very well done that it's difficult to imagine how it could be done better.

The people involved - all of them - are good people. Not an evil thought amongst them - which is one reason why the conflict is so interesting. They're also well-rounded, interesting people, and thank goodness the author isn't afraid to describe their intellectual and musical interests. I wanted to meet them at a dinner party.

They're also open (mostly) to new experience, they're reflective, they have inner lives. And the writing is clear and beautiful, with not a word out of place. There's even a couple of digs at some notorious miscarriages of justice de nos jours - the law of joint enterprise, and of course Sally Clark, but they don't come across as tub-thumping but as necessary parts of the narrative, just as issues that no civilised person should put out of mind. I'm going to go right back to find some more of Mr McEwan's writing, and I thank him for bringing these thought-provoking, unforgettable people to life.


The Children Acts - Ian McEwan

By Phyllis Katz

Yes, I did not want to put this book down, it is quite thought provoking, Mcewan does his research very well.