A series of misunderstandings on a sultry summer’s day have terrible and far-reaching consequences. This is the first illustrated edition of Ian McEwan’s masterpiece.
Ian McEwan’s place in the literary firmament is secure – he is the author of 14 novels, as well as short story collections and screenplays, and has been awarded countless prestigious prizes, fellowships and honorary degrees – but of all his works none has enjoyed the critical acclaim and commercial success of Atonement.
This highly stylised, seductive novel opens with an account of the hottest day of the summer of 1935, when 13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment of flirtatious tension between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. As events unfold, Briony, a burgeoning writer, constructs a narrative, one that goes on to have far-reaching consequences, and leads her to commit a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
Quarter-bound in cloth with printed Modigliani paper sides
Set in Perpetua
Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations
9½˝ x 6¼˝