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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409089834
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192
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Amsterdam




'Easily his most enjoyable book - McEwan writes here with unobtrusive panache' David Profumo, Daily Telegraph

On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linleyand Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge.Gorgeous, feisty Molly had had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister. In the days that follow Molly's funeral Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. A contemporary morality tale that is as profound asit is witty, this short novel is perhaps the most purely enjoyable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written. And why Amsterdam? What happens there to Clive and Vernon is the most delicious shock in a novel brimming with surprises.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409089834
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • 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

“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

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

A. S. Byatt, Literary Review

“Amsterdam' is brilliantly engineered and marvellously entertaining”

David Sexton, Evening Standard

“A psychologically brilliant study of heartlessness...superbly done...gripping...chilling...finely executed”

Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph


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