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In Between the Sheets


A collection of macabre short stories. Ian McEwan received the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his collection of short stories entitled "First ... Show synopsis

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  • 1. Hardcover, Thorndike Press, 2004


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    Very Good

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    Description: Signed by Author(s) First Edition. Uncorrected amer. proof, NF...

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  • 2. Hardcover, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1978


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    Description: 8vo-over 7"-9" tall. First edition, first prnt. Beginning...

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  • 3. Hardcover, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1978


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    Description: Fine in fine dust jacket. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket....

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  • 4. Hardcover, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1978


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    Description: Octavo, boards. First edition. The author's second book. A...

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  • 5. Hardcover, Cape, (1978)


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    Description: Fine dust jacket. His second book, and second collection of...

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  • 6. Hardcover, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1978


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    Description: Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; 144 pages. 0224015567. A...

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by christopher on Dec 30, 2013

This is a collection of seven short stories by Ian McEwan from 1978. The main theme that runs through the book is sex. The sexually activity is within the spectrum of kinky and depraved. However, it could also be looked upon as pornographic but without the titillation. What I mean by that is that most of the sex is suggested but not always described in great detail. But, it could be construed as pornographic simply due to whom and what is described as having the sex. There is sex between a man and a mannequin; between a woman and an ape and the wet dreams of a man that involve a pre-pubescent girl. I tried so hard to not use the following adjectives to describe the book; ?dark? and ?disturbing? as I am sure they have been used many times to describe this set of short stories. However, it is almost impossible not to use the afore-mentioned adjectives as they perfectly describe two major aspects of the book. I believe the book reflects Great Britain during 1977 and 1978. The country was beset with strikes, IRA bombings, political unrest, the ?Winter of Discontent? was just around the corner, the gaining popularity of the Conservative party, (The Thatcher era was only a year away), and women?s palpable fear of the Yorkshire Ripper. There is one story in the book of a dystopian future set in Great Britain. But attitudes to sex in the seventies were a bigger threat. The seventies are seen by many historians as the decade that saw an explosion of promiscuity, abortion and pornography. The pill became widely used in the seventies and so it appeared as if everyone was having sex with anyone. Sex became recreational rather than perfunctory. But of course this sexual promiscuity had a dark (there is that word again) element; abortion, women scared to say no due to peer pressure or not wanting to appear repressed, increased illegitimacy and women losing their sense of autonomy. Many novels of the seventies depicted sexual violence such as ?A Clockwork Orange? by Anthony Burgess. In Ian McEwan?s book of short stories the stories depict most of the male characters as unable to differentiate between lust and love. The male appendage for most of the male characters does most of the thinking leaving the brain in neutral like so many idling cars: the engine is running but the car is not moving. In Between the Sheets is a perversely envisioned account of sex and in the male of the species. The stories articulate the era of the seventies and also resonate in the 21st century with the growth of the internet and continuing sexualisation of women and in particular young girls. Originally published at

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