First Love, Last Rites (DO NOT ORDER - UK Edition)

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The first collection of short stories — winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.

Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness.

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Overview

The first collection of short stories — winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.

Taut, brooding and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A talented and genuinely imaginative writer, McEwan’s details often grow into strange, powerful images… the ironies, throughout this impressive collection are tellingly weighted.” — Julian Barnes

“A brilliant performance… There’s an assured and terribly macabre depravity about Ian McEwan’s short stories… as if some of the characters from early Angus Wilson had been painted by Francis Bacon.” — Anthony Thwaite, Observer

"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." — TLS

"A brilliant performance — There's an assured and terribly macabre depravity about Ian McEwan's short stories — as if some of the characters from early Angus Wilson had been painted by Francis Bacon." — Observer

"His writing is exact, tender, funny, voluptuous, disturbing." — The Times

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099754817
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 6/13/2000
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, as well as many novels and screenplays. He won the 1998 Booker Prize for Amsterdam, and was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for Atonement.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ian Russell McEwan
    2. Hometown:
      Oxford, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 21, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aldershot, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Sussex, 1970; M.A., University of East Anglia, 1971
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Homemade
Solid Geometry
Last Day of Summer
Cocker at the Theatre
Butterflies
Conversation with a Cupboard Man
First Love, Last Rites
Disguises

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