32 Facts About Ian McEwan

1. Ian McEwan is an avid activist in the fight for climate control and a regular contributor to The Guardian Review as well as an outspoken atheist.

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2. At that time, Ian McEwan was sent back to England to attend Woolverstone Hall Boarding School, where he stayed until 1966.

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3. Ian McEwan was separated from his parents in 1959 when he was 12 years old and they were living in Libya.

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4. Ian McEwan has referred to instances of alcohol and spousal abuse initiated by his father.

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5. Ian McEwan was born in Aldershot, England on June 21, 1948.

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6. Ian McEwan is ranked amongst 'The 50 greatest British writers since 1945'.

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7. Ian McEwan produced several screenplays as well as a stage play and children's fiction.

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8. Ian McEwan was never a librarian but, by her own admission, a neat freak, a woman who cherishes order.

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9. Ian McEwan was a long-time friend of Christopher Hitchens, the writer and polemicist.

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10. The brothers are in regular contact, and Ian McEwan has written a foreword to Sharp's memoir.

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11. Ian McEwan is traditionally a Labour supporter and said he had his "fingers crossed" that Miliband would become Prime Minister.

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12. In 2009 Ian McEwan joined the 10:10 project, a movement that supports positive action on climate change by encouraging people to reduce their carbon emissions.

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13. In 2013, Ian McEwan sharply criticised Stephen Hawking for boycotting a conference in Israel as well as the boycott campaign in general, stating that there are many countries "whose governments we might loathe or disapprove of" but "Israel–Palestine has become sort of tribal and a touchstone for a certain portion of the intellectual classes.

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14. Ian McEwan said he hoped the petition would help "galvanize" the Italian police into taking seriously the "fundamental matter of civil rights and free speech".

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15. Ian McEwan was quoted as saying that fundamentalist Islam wanted to create a society that he "abhorred".

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16. In 2008, Ian McEwan publicly spoke out against Islamism for its views on women and on homosexuality.

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17. Ian McEwan commented that his novel Atonement "started out as a science fiction story set two or three centuries into future.

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18. Ian McEwan said he will donate the amount of the prize, "ten thousand dollars to Combatants for Peace, an organisation that brings together Israeli ex-soldiers and Palestinian ex-fighters.

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19. Ian McEwan responded to his critics, and specifically the group British Writers in Support of Palestine, in a letter to The Guardian, stating in part, "There are ways in which art can have a longer reach than politics, and for me the emblem in this respect is Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra—surely a beam of hope in a dark landscape, though denigrated by the Israeli religious right and Hamas.

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20. Ian McEwan accepted the prize, despite controversy and pressure from groups and individuals opposed to the Israeli government.

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21. In 2008, Ian McEwan was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by University College London, where he used to teach English literature.

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22. Ian McEwan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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23. Ian McEwan received nominations for the Man Booker International Prize in 2005 and 2007.

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24. Ian McEwan revealed that the film rights to Sweet Tooth were bought by Working Title Films—the company that brought Atonement to the screen—in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in November 2012.

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25. In June 2008 at the Hay Festival, Ian McEwan gave a surprise reading of this work-in-progress.

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26. Ian McEwan denied charges of plagiarism, claiming he was unaware of the earlier work.

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27. Ian McEwan had included a brief note at the end of Atonement, referring to Andrews's autobiography, among several other works.

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28. Ian McEwan acknowledged using the book as a source for his work.

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29. Ian McEwan has written a number of produced screenplays, a stage play, children's fiction, an oratorio and a libretto titled For You with music composed by Michael Berkeley.

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30. Ian McEwan achieved notoriety in 1979 when the BBC suspended production of his play Solid Geometry because of its supposed obscenity.

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31. Ian McEwan was educated at Woolverstone Hall School; the University of Sussex, where he received his degree in English literature in 1970; and the University of East Anglia, where he undertook a master's degree in literature.

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32. Ian McEwan spent much of his childhood in East Asia, Germany, and North Africa (including Libya), where his father was posted.

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