Ian Russell McEwan(1948-), Novelist, short story and screen play writer
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Born in Aldershot, with a childhood in Singapore and North Africa, McEwan returned to boarding school and university in England. His first book, a collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites (1975), won the Somerset Maugham Award. His first novel The Cement Garden (1978) was followed by The Comfort of Strangers (1981). The Child in Time (1987) won the Whitbread Novel of the Year and Amsterdam the 1998 Booker Prize. His Booker-nominated Atonement (2001) has been adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. His dark themes, claustrophobic settings and explorations of psychological states secured his place at the forefront of contemporary literature.