Dec 06 2006
Ian McEwan, one of Britain's best known and most lauded authors, has been accused of copying phrases and sentences for his best-selling novel Atonement (2001) from a memoir published in 1977 by Lucilla Andrews, a former nurse and an acclaimed writer of romantic novels who died in October. In a statement McEwan said that he had "never sought to disguise the fact that he had used her book for research." Apparently, Andrews learned of the link between the two books because of an academic thesis written by a student at St Hilda's College, Oxford, who drew Andrews's attention to her status as a significant material source for the Booker-shortlisted novel. More at The Daily Mail.
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