> Skip to content

'Easily his most enjoyable book - McEwan writes here with unobtrusive panache' David Profumo, Daily Telegraph

Two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, THE JUDGE. In the days that follow Molly's funeral Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. A contemporary morality tale, profound and witty, this short novel is perhaps the most purely enjoyable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written. And why AMSTERDAM? What happens there to Clive and Vernon is the most delicious shock in a novel brimming with surprises.


Even more timely today than when it won the Booker in 1998

Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

The novel twists and turns unexpectedly...McEwan has a master's control over his instrument

John Sutherland, Sunday Times

Full of gusto, straightforward, and delivers blows to the gut...shocking

A. S. Byatt, Literary Review

Amsterdam' is brilliantly engineered and marvellously entertaining

David Sexton, Evening Standard

A psychologically brilliant study of heartlessness...superbly done...gripping...chilling...finely executed

Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph

Read More

Formats & editions

  • EBook


    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
  • Paperback


    March 5, 1999


    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au