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Ian McEwan
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    (June 21, 1948- )
    Born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
    Wrote the novels 'The Cement Garden' (1978), 'The Comfort of Strangers' (1981), 'The Innocent' (1990), 'Enduring Love' (1997), 'Amsterdam' (1998), 'Atonement' (2001), 'On Chesil Beach' (2007), 'Solar' (2010), 'The Children Act' (2014), 'Nutshell' (2016), and 'Machines Like Me' (2019)
    Short story collections include 'First Love, Last Rites' (1975), 'In Between the Sheets' (1978), and 'The Short Stories' (1995)
    Wrote the children's novel 'Daydreamer' (1994)
    Wrote screenplays for 'The Imitation Game' (BBC Play for Today, 1980), 'Soursweet' (1988), 'The Good Son' (1993), and 'The Children Act' (2017)
    Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to ;literature (2000)
    Christopher Hitchens dedicated 'God Is Not Good' to him
    His early gothic stories and novels earned him the nickname 'Ian Macabre.'
    He noted, 'My father, especially, was torn between exultant pride that I'd published a book and sheer horror at was in it.'
    The BBC suspended production of his play 'Solid Geometry' on the grounds of obscenity (1979).
    He was accused of plagiarizing a passage in 'Atonement' from Lucilla Andrews' memoir 'No Time for Romance.'
    In 2002, he discovered he had a brother, David Sharp, who had been born out of wedlock and given up for adoption during World War II.
    Paris Review called him 'curiously un-neurotic (for a writer).'
    Time magazine named 'Atonement' the best novel of 2002.
    Although he admitted using 'No Time for Romance' as a source for details about nursing during World War II, he denied plagiarism.
    Authors who defended him against the plagiarism allegation included Margaret Atwood, John Updike, Martin Amis, and Thomas Pynchon.

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