Ian McEwan’s devastating novel about ways in which the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

What speaks louder - inaction or unspoken words? It is June, 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress anxiety about the wedding night to come…

2007 Booker Prize
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Jonathan Cape
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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

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Ian McEwan was born in Aldershot, England. He is the critically acclaimed author of 17 books.
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