Ian McEwan, one of the UK's most eminent writers, was born in 1948 in Aldershot, Hampshire. He has written two collections of short stories, First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets, and eight novels, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time, which won the Whitbread Prize, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love and Amsterdam, which won the Booker Prize in 1998. The books are all different: sometimes bizarre and violent, sometimes incredibly touching. They often deal with some kind of violent incident or trauma, and how it affects people.
He's also responsible for a fair few film scripts, including The Imitation Game, The Ploughman’s Lunch, Sour Sweet, The Good Son and The Innocent and the screenplay for The Comfort of Strangers.
Ian McEwan lives in Oxford. There are a couple of good recent interviews with him in Salon.