Monday, March 26, 2007

Common Wealth Awards 2007

Ian McEwan has been named one of the recipients of the 28th Annual Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service. These prestigious awards recognize individuals who have advanced and enriched society through their outstanding contributions.

Along with McEwan's award (for Literature), the 2007 Common Wealth Award winners are Sidney Poitier (for Dramatic Arts), Aleksander Kwasniewski (for Government), Cokie Roberts (for Mass Communications).

The Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service were first presented in 1979 by the Common Wealth Trust, created under the will of the late Ralph Hayes, an influential business executive and philanthropist. Hayes conceived the awards to reward and encourage the best of human performance worldwide. In their 28-year history, the Common Wealth Awards have conferred $4 million in prize money to 161 honorees of international renown. The awards are funded by the Common Wealth Trust.

The winners will be honored at a special event to be held on 28 April.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

On Chesil Beach (excerpt)

The Guardian has published an excerpt from Ian McEwan's novel On Chesil Beach in their 24 March 2007 issue.

You can read the excerpt on The Guardian website, or you can order the novel online via Jonathan Cape, Nan A. Talese, Random House Canada,,,, Waterstone's, or from a variety of quality Independent Booksellers.