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The fortieth anniversary edition of McEwan’s first published work, now with an introduction from the author

The fortieth anniversary edition of Ian McEwan's first book, now with an introduction from the author

Forty years on from first publication, these stories display McEwan’s dazzling early talent. Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, they are stories of sex and loneliness, adolescence and incest, love and murder, and they linger in the mind long after they are finished.

This special edition includes a piece by the author on how he came to write First Love, Last Rites and rare archive material including manuscript pages, early publicity material and the cover of the first edition.


Marks the debut of a talented and genuinely imaginative writer

Julian Barnes, New Statesman

As promising a first collection of stories as I have ever come across


Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... It is a tour-de-force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner

Gabriele Annan, Times Literary Supplement

And now for a brand new writer of formidable talent, Ian McEwan who is 27. His stories First Love, Last Rites…are the most devastating debut I have seen for a long time

Peter Lewis, Daily Mail

A brilliant debut by the most promising writer around

A. Alvarez, Observer Books of the Year

A talented and genuine imaginative writer. McEwan's details often grow into strange, powerful images - the ironies, throughout this impressive collection, are tellingly weighted

Julian Barnes

A writer of uncanny power


Ian McEwan writes to shock and succeeds... All his stories have a feeling of impending evil - it is a tour de force of concision, and funny, too, in a deadpan manner

Times Literary Supplement

His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing

The Times

A brilliant performance


The Maestro

New Statesman

McEwan has - a style and a vision of life of his own... No one interested in the state and mood of contemporary Britain can afford not to read him

John Fowles

A sparkling and adventurous writer

Dennis Potter

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Formats & editions

Also by Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach (Vintage Summer)
The Children Act
Sweet Tooth
For You
On Chesil Beach
Rose Blanche
Black Dogs
The Innocent
Enduring Love
The Child In Time
The Cement Garden
In Between the Sheets
The Comfort Of Strangers
The Daydreamer


To Kill A Mockingbird
The Handmaid's Tale
Uncommon Type
Norwegian Wood
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Dragonfly In Amber
The Golden House
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Golden Age
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
A Long Way from Home
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Travelling Cat Chronicles