(Toronto) Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher and Executive Vice President, Penguin Random House Canada, has acquired Canadian rights for Ian McEwan’s new novel, Nutshell, from Peter Straus at Rogers Coleridge & White, to be published by Knopf Canada.
Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master.
“A new Ian McEwan novel is always a publishing event,” says Louise Dennys. “Yet with Nutshell, he has transcended all expectations. This is a mesmerizing thriller to delight all readers, an extraordinary tale of love, betrayal and murderous intent. It is dazzling and audacious, gloriously entertaining, wonderfully imagined and brilliantly executed. This is Ian McEwan at his very best. I am, quite simply, blown away by Nutshell.”
Ian McEwan’s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix Fémina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany’s Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). Atonement was also made into an Oscar-winning film.
In 2006, Ian McEwan won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader’s Digest Author of the Year. Solar won The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction in 2010 and Sweet Tooth won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year award in 2012. Ian McEwan was awarded a CBE in 2000. In 2014 he was awarded the Bodleian Medal.
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