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Ian McEwan joins Jerusalem protest

JERUSALEM, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- British author Ian McEwan, visiting Israel to receive a literary prize, joined a protest against a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, protesters said.
'Atonement' opera in the works

'Atonement' opera in the works

LONDON, March 19 (UPI) -- Author Ian McEwan says an English-language opera based on his novel "Atonement" is to have its premiere at a German opera house in 2013.

McEwan wants to break mold with opera

LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- British novelist Ian McEwan, known best for the book "Atonement," says his first opera does not use traditional devices such as fantasy elements.
'National Treasure' pulling in a fortune

'National Treasure' pulling in a fortune

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" was No. 1 in U.S. theaters for the third straight weekend, estimated ticket sales showed Sunday.

Enright wins Booker prize

LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Anne Enright's novel "The Gathering" has earned the Irish author the prestigious Man Booker prize.

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Author could face fine for beach pebbles

DORCHESTER, England, April 3 (UPI) -- A British author who admitted to taking pebbles from a South Coast beach could face a fine of nearly $4,000.

'Harry Potter' author No.1 in Britain

LONDON, June 8 (UPI) -- "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling has been named the greatest living British writer in a poll conducted by The Book Magazine.

Finalists announced for British book prize

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 1 (UPI) -- "Saturday," a novel by Ian McEwan, has been selected as a finalist for Britain's oldest literary award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Men's Health names men of the decade

LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Britain's Men's Health magazine's list of the Top 10 Men of the Decade includes U.S. cartoon dad Homer Simpson and Blur's Damon Albarn.

Booker prize shortlist announced

LONDON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Authors Julian Barnes, Zadie Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ali Smith are on the shortlist to win Britain's Booker Prize, it was announced Thursday. Also on the list are Sebastian Barry and John Banville.

Kadare wins first Man Booker International

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- Albanian writer Ismail Kadare Thursday became the first winner of the Man Booker International Prize, beating out such authors as Ian McEwan for the title.

18 writers up for world Booker Prize

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Eighteen writers are contenders for a Booker Prize for the world's greatest living novelist, it was announced in London.
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Ian Russell McEwan CBE, FRSA, FRSL (born 21 June 1948) is an English novelist and screenwriter, and one of Britain's most highly regarded writers. In 2008, The Times named him among their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

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. This was followed by Saturday (2003), On Chesil Beach (2007) and Solar (2010).

McEwan was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, on 21 June 1948, the son of David McEwan and Rose Lilian Violet (née Moore). He spent much of his childhood in East Asia (including Singapore), Germany and North Africa (including Libya), where his father, a Scottish army officer, was posted. His family returned to England when he was twelve. He was educated at Woolverstone Hall School; the University of Sussex, receiving his degree in English literature in 1970; and the University of East Anglia, where he was one of the first graduates of Malcolm Bradbury's pioneering creative writing course.

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