• "Wonderful...exquisite...devastating"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Exquisitely crafted"

    Evening Standard
  • "Superb... The protagonists have everything to lose, and their faltering journey towards a point of no return is conjured into life my McEwan with irresistible subtlety, tact and force"

    Financial Times
  • "On Chesil Beach is more than an event. It is a masterpiece"

    Karl Miller, Times Literary Supplement
  • "This is McEwan's mature style, one we have come to recognise from Atonement and Saturday. It is a polished, civilised style, and very distant from the shock tactics of his early work... McEwan brings Florence and Edward touchingly alive for us; and their seriousness, their idealism, and their desire for love draw us towards them"

    Natasha Walter, Guardian
  • "To commend an author for being reminiscent of Edith Wharton is a compliment that this reviewer reserves for a select few. Yet with On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan has earnt it"

    Lionel Shriver, Telegraph
  • "A master feat of concentration in both senses of the word"

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
  • "Written with a fierce pursuit of the truth and an utterly modern self-awareness, what a confidant tour de force this turns out to be"

    Sunday Express
  • "One of our greatest living writers. Many Easter weekends and train journeys will be enlivened by a compelling novella"

    Christopher Dolan, Herald
  • "It is a masterpiece. The very idea that informs it, fascinating and unfamiliar, is masterly"

    Karl Miller, TLS