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  • Published: 5 March 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099272779
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192


Re-jacketed in stylish new series style, Amsterdam won the 1998 Man Booker Prize.


Two old friends – Cline Linley and Vernon Halliday – meet at the funeral of gorgeous, witty Molly Lane. Both men had been Molly’s lovers years before their dazzling success; Clive is Britain’s most eminent modern composer and Vernon is the editor of the respected broadsheet, The Judge. In the weeks that follow, Clive and Vernon’s lives become bound together in ways neither could have imagined. Two dubious moral decisions and a pact made in extremis lead them both to the heart of Amsterdam.

  • Pub date: 5 March 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099272779
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the 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; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.

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Praise for Amsterdam

“A psychologically brilliant study of heartlessness”

Sunday Telegraph

“One of the finest writers alive”

Sunday Times

“Full of gusto, straightforward, and delivers blows to the gut...shocking”

A. S. Byatt, Literary Review

“McEwan writes here with unobtrusive panache”

Daily Telegraph

“Amsterdam is brilliantly engineered and marvellously entertaining”

Evening Standard

“Even more timely today than when it won the Booker in 1998”

Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

“The novel twists and turns unexpectedly...McEwan has a master's control over his instrument”

John Sutherland, Sunday Times

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