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Atonement

Ian McEwan

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Published by Vintage Classics, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Paperback

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EAN: 9780099497042
Published: 1 Sep 2005

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On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country hosue. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge.

By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

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What the critics say

Atonement is a magnificent novel, shaped and paced with awesome confidence and eloquence
- Independent

He is this country's unrivalled literary giant...a fascinatingly strange, unique and gripping novel
- Independent on Sunday

The narrative, as always with McEwan, smoulders with slow-burning menace. You know that, even as you savour the voluptuous sentences, something terrible will happen and sure enough it does
- The Times

About the Author

Ian McEwan has written two collections of short stories and nine novels. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam. He has also written several film scripts.

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