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10 Minutes On… Ian McEwan’s Atonement


Spend 10 Minutes with Dr Catherine Brown on… Ian McEwan’s Atonement.

Atonement means “at-one-ment”, making two things that were formerly separate, at one with each other. It rhymes with “stone”, as though turning the novel into a lasting monument of Robbie Turner’s innocence. Yet the novel isn’t in fact an atonement of Briony Tallis’ guilt as she herself confesses…