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'The best thing he has ever written' Observer

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.

Reviews

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

Independent

Subtle as well as powerful, adeptly encompassing comedy as well as atrocity, Atonement is a richly intricate book- A superb achievement which combines a magnificent display of the powers of the imagination with a probing exploration of them

Sunday Times

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099429791

    May 3, 2002

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409090021

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781841593609

    June 15, 2014

    Everyman

    424 pages

    RRP $24.99

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