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Ian McEwan
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David Daley, interim Editor in Chief at +Salon is going to moderate Tuesday's Live Hangout on Air. Come and talk books with us. http://goo.gl/PEYof
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2013-07-16
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I'm happy to announce that I'll be doing a Live Hangout on Air from Google's New York offices on Tuesday, July 23. Click the link below for more information. We need six keen readers to participate live. I'm looking forward to talking to my readers on this new platform for book and author events.

https://plus.google.com/b/105492640210005400581/events/cjmu9ekhsnf8o7io8j4ugdraah8
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2013-07-15
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"There was, in my view, an unwritten contract with the reader that the writer must honour. No single element of an imagined world or any of its characters should be allowed to dissolve on an authorial whim. The invented had to be as solid and as self-consistent as the actual. This was a contract founded on mutual trust." --from SWEET TOOTH, by Ian McEwan
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"This is how the entire course of a life can be changed: by doing nothing.” --from ON CHESIL BEACH, by Ian McEwan

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“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.” --from ATONEMENT, by Ian McEwan
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I have a careless theory that the poetry of Larkin has had a profound effect on the prose writing of my generation. There are many writers of my age who are steeped in Larkin and, like me, incorporate the cadences of his lines, often without being aware of it. His poems are part of my mental furniture.
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If a novel doesn’t arouse your curiosity on some level, it’s dead in your hands. Tell me about some good books you've read recently. Which have most aroused your curiosity? 
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What I know about psychology I've learned like everybody else: by making mistakes. That's not a quote from ATONEMENT. But it could certainly apply to characters in the novel.
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"I've always liked my writing to have a visual quality. I like to think my reader can see what I can see. Clarity is a great virtue in writing. There are certain scenes that can only succeed if the visual elements are attended to first, all else (the emotional aura, the conflict, the love, etc.) then follows, or even grows out of the visual detail. It's important to remember that visual processing takes up a third of our brains. Our language is saturated in visual metaphor." --Ian McEwan, in a conversation with BoldType about ENDURING LOVE
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“The only question is how good a novel is, not whether it has spies or detectives or nurses marrying doctors. Take Conrad – we wouldn’t say of him that he’s merely a writer of seafaring yarns. What matters is whether a novelist can devise a particular and plausible world that holds us, and make a moral universe that has such a resonance that we can go back years later and find it still works. Then genre is transcended."
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