Ian McEwan is a writer of short stories and novels whose work has won him worldwide critical acclaim. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, and Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize. His novel Atonement was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film by director Joe Wright, starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Vanessa Redgrave. In 2006, he 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. McEwan has been named the Reader’s Digest Author of the Year for 2008, the 2010 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, and in 2011 was awarded the Jerusalem Prize. He was awarded a CBE in 2000. His most recent novel is Sweet Tooth.