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  • Published: 3 May 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099429791
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99


'The best thing he has ever written' Observer

Discover the modern classic that has sold over two million copies.

'A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended'
On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house.

Watching her too is Robbie Turner 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, as Briony commits a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

'The best thing he has ever written' Observer


  • Published: 3 May 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099429791
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; Nutshell; and Machines Like Me, which was a number-one bestseller. Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.

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Praise for Atonement

Ian McEwan’s highly-charged story of sin and forgiveness is masterfully told. Tense, shocking and heart-breaking in equal turn.


Simply stunning from beginning to end, this tense, evocative, beautifully-drawn novel transported me back to the 1930s and 40s, swept me away - and broke my heart too.

A magnificent novel


A superb achievement

New York Times

The best thing he has ever written


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

Independent on Sunday

McEwan's best novel so far, his masterpiece

Evening Standard

A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama

John Updike

Subtle as well as powerful, adeptly encompassing comedy as well as atrocity, Atonement is a richly intricate book... A superb achievement

Sunday Times

Atonement is a masterpiece...it is also an elegy to a time which, however volatile, still had certainties

The Times

An evocative depiction of the dangers of innocence and ignorance in the face of uncomfortable reality.


Brilliantly explores the currents of guilt, shame and anger... Utterly satisfying, complete


A complex, thought-provoking novel.

Fanny Blake, Woman and Home

Smoulders with slow-burning menace

The Times

Just brilliant, particularly for the clever, poignant final chapter. I loved the shattering, satisfying twist

Tasmina Perry, Red

I love being transported to a different era and this masterly novel succeeds at every level

Stephanie Beacham, Daily Express

This is a rare creature - a heartbreaker with genuine heart. Wonderful


One of the great unrequited love stories

Eve Magazine

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