Ian McEwan interview: How he wrote the Booker-winning Amsterdam
25 years after winning the Booker for Amsterdam, Ian McEwan revisits his journals and talks about the inspirations behind the book, in an exclusive interview
Ian McEwan, born in Aldershot, England, is a critically acclaimed author and winner of the 1998 Booker Prize
His collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the 1975 Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; Nutshell; and Machines Like Me, which was a number-one bestseller. Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.
In June 2023 he became a Companion of Honour after being recognised in the King’s first official birthday honours.