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Ian McEwan in Conversation

With John Self

Ian McEwan is a writer who needs no introduction. Since the
publication of his first book First Love,
Last Rites in 1975, almost 50 years
ago, his works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He has won the
Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Novel Award, and the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black
Memorial Prize. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize for Fiction an
impressive six times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998.

His 2002 novel Atonement received
the WH Smith Literary Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award
and was made into an Oscar-winning film. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and
in 2014; he was awarded the Bodleian Medal.

He has just published a mesmerising new novel, Lessons. This epic story is a
powerful meditation on history and humanity told through the prism of one man’s
lifetime. Spanning the last 70 years, from the end of the Second World War to the current pandemic and climate change,
McEwan’s protagonist, Roland, rides with the tide of history, but more often
struggles against it.

Join Ian McEwan in conversation with John Self as he
celebrates the publication of Lessons and
reflects on his critically acclaimed career. Do not miss your chance to hear
from one of our foremost storytellers as he discusses his work and  his
most epic book to date.