It was always…

It was always the view of my parents…that hot weather encouraged loose morals among young people.

– Ian McEwan


born in Aldershot, England, The United Kingdom June 21, 1948
gender: male
genre: Literature & Fiction
influences: Kafka, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann

Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan’s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix FΓ©mina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany’s Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000. In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader’s Digest Author of the Year.

McEwan lives in London and is currently writing a new novel. His most recently published work is For You, a libretto.


9 thoughts on “It was always…

  1. June 21, 1948: Happy birthday, Ian McEwan, 65 today. πŸ™‚

  2. I don’t know about this quote. I was born close to the equator and the weather didn’t affect my moral values. Hmmmm. I wonder about the people that lives right on the equator. I suppose for people who lives in the north pole, we may call them frigid? πŸ˜† This is a joke.

  3. It stands to reason: hot weather = clothes off. Or hot weather = inhibitions stifled, along with everything else. Seeker seems to disagree.

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