Interviews & Videos

This selected list of interviews is undoubtedly incomplete, so please feel free to contact the webmaster with additional citations or links.

"Ian McEwan in conversation with Claire Messud." 92nd St. Y, September 19, 2022.

"Always Take Notes Podcast." 21 Feb 2023 [Ian McEwan discusses his writing career, from childhood to his latest novel "Lessons"; Audio; 1:01:54 mins]

Wachtel, Eleanor. "Ian McEwan on Private Lives, Global Events and the Accidents of Fortune That Shape Us." Writers & Company, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio One, 28 October 2022.

#PouredOver: Ian McEwan on Lessons. September 2022.

Ian McEwan in Conversation with Wesley Stace. Philadephia Free Library, 21 September 2022.

"Acclaimed author Ian McEwan mines personal history and world events for new novel Lessons." WBUR, 14 September 2022.

"Ian McEwan in Conversation with Jon Cook." UEA Live, 28 October 2020.

Charlie Lovett. "Ian McEwan: Episode #36." Inside the Writer's Studio, 1 May 2019. Conversation with Ian McEwan about ethics, morality, justice, artificial intelligence, and his latest novel Machines Like Me.

Eric Volmers. "Ian McEwan talks new book Machines Like Me.", 29 April 2019.

Jill Lawless. "I Robot? Ian McEwan Tells Android Tale in Machines Like Me." The Telegraph, 23 April 2019.

"Inside a mannequin workshop: Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me." Vintage Books, 18 April 2019.

"Machines Like Me.", 16 April 2019.

Jon Snow (presenter). "Writer Ian McEwan: ‘AI already penetrating our lives in all kinds of ways’." Channel 4, 15 April 2019.

Vanessa Guignery, "An Interview with Ian McEwan", Études britanniques contemporaines, 55, December 2018. Available online at

'Ian McEwan on His Novel Nutshell.' Guardian Podcast, 2 September 2016.

Miller, Michael W. 'Ian McEwan on Nutshell and Its Extraordinary Narrator.' Wall Street Journal, 29 August 2016.

'Adam Dawson Interviews Ian McEwan.' Concrete: The University of East Anglia's Official Student Newspaper, 28 October 2014.

'Ian McEwan.' Overheard with Evan Smith, 23 October 2014 [Video].

Luscombe, Belinda. '10 Questions.' Time, 184.12, 29 September 2014: 60.

'Ian McEwan on His Latest Book The Children Act.' Charlie Rose, 15 September 2014. [Video].

Martin, Sandra. 'How Ian McEwan Has Evolved from Literary Shocker to Compassionate Novelist.' Globe & Mail, 12 September 2014.

Cronin, Brenda. 'Science and Religion Clash in Ian McEwan's New Novel.' Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2014: 139.

Cronin, Brenda. 'A Literary Lion's Latest Obsession.' Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2014: D7.

MacAlister, Katherine. 'Ian McEwan talks ahead of his city date.' Oxford Times, 4 September 2014.

'Ian McEwan and Amy Bloom.' BBC Radio 4, 4 September 2014.

Broad, L. C. 'An Interview with Ian McEwan.' The Oxford Culture Review, 1 September 2014.

'Interview with Ian McEwan.' Harry Ransom Center, September 2014.

Off, Carol and Jeff Douglas. 'Ian McEwan Interview.' CBC: As It Happens, September 2014 [Video from popjournalism on Vimeo.].

McCrum, Robert. 'Ian McEwan: "I'm only 66 -- my notebook is still full of ideas".' The Observer, 31 August 2014.

Busnel, François. 'Ian McEwan: "Les romanciers sont des espions".' L'Express, 20 January 2014.

'Ian McEwan: How we read each other.' Louisiana Channel, 2014. [Video].

'Ian McEwan: On Making Love Work in Fiction.' Louisiana Channel, 2014. [Video].

Ian McEwan and Martin Amis with Salman Rushdie. 92Y Talks. 92nd Street Y, 26 July 2013.

'There Is Also That: An Interview with Ian McEwan.' Yemassee, 19.2, 2012: 22-28.

'By The Book: Ian McEwan.' New York Times Book Review, 9 December 2012: 10.

Wagner, Erica. 'Spying on a Master Storyteller.' Wall Street Journal, 5 October 2012: D7.

Ross, Tim. 'Ian McEwan: The Full Interview.' Telegraph, 12 February 2011.

Bradbury, Lorna. 'Ways With Words 2010: Ian McEwan Interview.' Telegraph, 20 May 2010 [Ian McEwan explains why his latest novel Solar was rejected by the American literary establishment].

Lawless, Jill. 'British Writer Ian McEwan Tackles Global Warming in New Novel Solar.' Canadian Press, 30 March 2010.

The Leonard Lopate Show, 6 April 2010 [Novelist Ian McEwan talks about his latest book Solar].

'Ian McEwan.' Charlie Rose, 25 April 2010. [McEwan discusses Solar; Video].

Griggs, Jessica. 'Funny Thing, Climate.' New Scientist, 3 April 2010: 24-25. [Published online as ' Ian McEwan: Mr Sunshine'.

Alter, Alexandra. 'Can Climate Change Be Funny?' Wall Street Journal, 26 March 2010: W1-W4.

'You ask... Ian McEwan.' Waterstone's Books Quarterly, March 2010 [Interview: Waterstone’s Cardholders interview McEwan about his new novel].

Brown, Mick. 'Warming to the Topic of Climate Change.' Telegraph, 11 March 2010.

Wroe, Nicholas. 'Ian McEwan: "It's good to get your hands dirty a bit".' The Guardian, 6 March 2010 [McEwan on his new novel Solar].

Morrow, Jonathan. 'An Interview with Ian McEwan.' Literature Film Quarterly, 38.1, 2010: 39-46.

Friesen, Eric. "The Writer Who Listens ... IAN McEWAN Interviewed." Queen's Quarterly 116.3, Fall 2009: 415-424.

Pim, Keiron. "McEwan's Novel Take on Climate Change." Eastern Daily Press Books, 3 August 2009 [McEwan discusses his next novel, expected to be published in 2010].

Jones, Lucy. 'British Novelist Tells Italy's Corriere Della Sera He "Despises Islamism".' Washington Report On Middle East Affairs, 27.7, September/October 2008: 36-37.

"Science Extra Podcast [Audio; 12 mins.]." The Guardian, 14 July 2008 [McEwan on the differences between the creative process in art and science].

"Conversation with Ian McEwan & Steven Pinker." PEN American Center, 3 May 2008 [McEwan talks with Steven Pinker about literature, conversational styles, and the nature of language].

Chotiner, Isaac. "The TNR Q&A." The New Republic, 11 January 2008 [McEwan on Bellow, the Internet, and atheism].

Solomon, Deborah. 'A Sinner's Tale.' New York Times Magazine, 2 December 2007: 15.

Dobrzynski, Judith H. "He's Not 'MacAbre' Any Longer." Wall Street Journal, 20 November 2007: D8.

"A Matter of Human Ingenuity." Science Weekly: Guardian Weekly Podcast, 30 July 2007 [Audio available online as an .mp3 or you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes].

'10 Questions for Ian McEwan.' Time Magazine, 7 June 2007.

'Book World Live: Two Young Lovers Struggle to Consummate Their Marriage.', 5 June 2007 [Online Q&A with readers from across the U.S.].

Freeman, John. 'Talking with Ian McEwan.' Newsday, 3 June 2007: C28.

New York Times Podcast Interview with Ian McEwan. New York Times Website, 1 June 2007 [length -- 32:39].

Lynn, David. 'A Conversation with Ian McEwan.' Kenyon Review 29.3 (Summer 2007): 38-51. [Available in audio format.]

Collett-White, Mike. 'Book Talk.' Reuters, 24 April 2007.

Tonkin, Boyd. 'Ian McEwan: I hang on to hope in a tide of fear.' The Independent, 7 April 2007.

d'Ancona, Matthew. 'The Magus of Fitzrovia.' The Spectator, 7 April 2007: 16-17.

Appleyard, Bryan. 'The Ghost in My Family.' Sunday Times (London), 25 March 2007: 1 [Interview focused primarily on Ian McEwan's family history].

'Ian McEwan & Antony Gormley: A Conversation about Art and Nature.' Kenyon Review, 28.1, 2006: 104-112.

'Zadie Smith Talks with Ian McEwan', The Believer, 3.6, August 2005 [Online excerpt, but with a brilliant introduction by Zadie Smith].

Birnbaum, Robert. 'Birnbaum v. Ian McEwan', The Morning News, 20 July 2005.

'Spiegel Interview with British Author Ian McEwan: "We're Witnessing a Civil War in Islam"',, 19 July 2005.

Gormley, Antony. ' "The Consolation of the Elemental" ', The Independent (London), 1 July 2005: 20-22 [McEwan discusses his trip to the Arctic].

Brown, Jeffrey. 'Conversation: McEwan', NewsHour, 13 April 2005 [Interview transcript available at the NewsHour/ website].

Miller, Laura. ' Interview with McEwan',, 9 April 2005 [Read McEwan's articles about September 11th, as mentioned in the interview: 'Beyond Belief' and 'Only Love and Then Oblivion'].

'Novelist Ian McEwan', OnPoint Radio, 7 April 2005 [Radio interview].

Schilling, Mary Kaye. 'Saturday Night Fever.' Entertainment Weekly, 813, April 2005: 36-38.

'McEwan's Latest Novel Cements His Place at the Top', The Today Show, 30 March 2005 [Interview video available on the MSNBC website].

Simon, Scott. 'A 'Saturday' in the Life with Novelist McEwan', Weekend Edition (NPR), 19 March 2005 [Interview audio available on the NPR website].

'McEwan Aiming for "Documentary Sense" ', Globe and Mail, 5 March 2005.

Rosenheim, Andrew. 'The Voice of Modern British Fiction', Publishers Weekly, 28 February 2005: S16 [Interview with McEwan regarding his novel Saturday].

Taylor, Alan. 'What a Difference a Day Makes', Sunday Herald, 6 February 2005 [Interview with McEwan regarding his novel Saturday].

Dening, Penelope, 'The Master of Literary Menace', Irish Times, 5 February 2005: 11 [Interview with McEwan regarding his novel Saturday].

Deveney, Catherine, 'First Love, Last Writes', Scotsman on Sunday, 30 January 2005 [Profile / Interview].

Tonkin, Boyd, 'The Difference a Day Makes', The Independent (London), 28 January 2005: 24-25 [Interview with McEwan regarding his novel Saturday].

Gerard, Jasper, 'The Conversion of Mr Macabre', The Sunday Times, 23 January 2005: Review 5 [Interview with McEwan regarding his novel Saturday].

Freeman, John, 'Deft Knife Twist of Literary Anxiety', Toronto Star, 22 January 2005: H13 [Interview with McEwan regarding his novel Saturday].

Cavendish, Lucy. 'Absent parents, an angry ex, and a curious obsession with dead bodies', Evening Standard, 17 January 2005: 23 [Interview with McEwan regarding his novel Saturday].

Caminada, Carlos. 'Ian McEwan, Finishing New Novel, Ponders World After Sept. 11',, 16 July 2004.

Graham-Harrison, Emma. 'McEwan Takes Scalpel to Anxiety in New Novel', Reuters, 11 April 2004.

Weich, Dave. 'Ian McEwan, Reinventing Himself Still',, 1 April 2004.

Fraga, Jesús. 'Entrevista: Ian McEwan.' La Voz de Galicia, 6 March 2004: 54 [Interview about Expiación].

'Ian McEwan dans un jardin anglais', Le nouvel observateur, n°2025, 28 août 2003.

Smith, Kyle. 'Talking With . . . Ian McEwan.' People, 59.21, 2 June 2003: 47.

Lozano, Antonio. 'Un perverso exquisito', Que Leer, 71, November 2002.

Bach, Mauricio. 'ENTREVISTA a Ian McEwan, escritor británico, que publica Expiación: "Vivimos entre dos modelos de sociedad sin diálogo posible"', La Vanguardia, 20 October 2002.

Speranza, Graciela. 'Ian McEwan: "El escritor moderno se mira al espejo durante demasiado tiempo"', EL CULTURAL, 10-16 October 2002.

Gómez, Lourdes. 'Nuevos Territorios de la Novela: "La bondad y la maldad están diseminadas equitativamente por todo el mundo"', El Pais, 5 October 2002.

Koval, Ramona. 'An Interview with Ian McEwan', Books and Writing (Radio National), 21 September 2002 [Interview about writing, morality, science and love].

Begley, Adam, 'The Art of Fiction CLXXIII: Ian McEwan', The Paris Review, 44:162, Summer 2002: 30-60.

Goring, Rosemary. 'Private Pleasure and the Banishment of Public Fear', The Herald (Glasgow), 19 August 2002: 13.

Taylor, Alan. 'Ian McEwan', The Herald (Glasgow), 25 July 2002: 4.

Whitney, Helen. 'Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero: Ian McEwan', Frontline / PBS , April 2002 (Interview regarding the events of September 11th).

Brown, Cambell. 'Author Ian McEwan Discusses His New Novel Atonement', Sunday Today (NBC), 31 March 2002 (television interview).

Gross, Terry. 'Ian McEwan's latest novel, Atonement', Fresh Air (National Public Radio), 18 March 2002 (radio interview).

Giles, Jeff. 'Luminous Novel from Dark Master', Newsweek, 139:11, 22 February 2002: 1528-1532.

Wiegand, David. 'Q & A: Ian McEwan -- Getting Rid of the Ghosts', The San Francisco Chronicle, 10 March 2002: 2.

Vogel, Elise. 'Meet the Writers: Ian McEwan' Barnes & Noble Website, 2002 (Upon the publication of Atonement).

Kellaway, Kate. 'At Home with His Worries', The Observer, 16 September 2001: 3.

'Bibliofile', Sunday Times (London), 23 May 1999.

Clancy, Ambrose, 'He Triumphed Outside of the Mainstream', Los Angeles Times, 17 May 1999: E1.

Kaplan, Fred. 'The Moods and Scenes of Ian McEwan', The Boston Globe, 2 March 1999: E1.

Baker, Jeff. 'Eyes off the Prize', The Oregonian, 8 February 1999.

Brandt, Gerald. 'Porträt Ian McEwan', Titel: Magazin für Literatur und Film, undated [1999]. Interview regarding Amsterdam.

boldtype. 'Untitled', Random House, December 1998. Interview shortly after Amsterdam won the Booker Prize.

Leith, William, 'Ian McEwan: Form and Dysfunction', Observer, 20 September 1998: 4.

Garner, Dwight. 'The Salon Interview - Ian McEwan', 31 March 1998. Interview regarding Enduring Love.

Madrigal, Alix. 'Ian McEwan Explores Obsession -- The Dark Twin of Love', The San Francisco Chronicle, 29 March 1998: 4.

Lyall, Sarah, 'A Novelist Wraps Ideas Inside Intoxicating Plots', New York Times, 24 March 1998: C9.

'Ian McEwan Explores Derangements of Love', Chicago Sun-Times, 15 March 1998: 20.

boldtype. 'Untitled', Random House, March 1998. Interview regarding Enduring Love.

Schoeck, Eric. 'An Interview with Ian McEwan', Capitola Book Café/KUSP (NPR), 16 February 1998. [Abbreviated version of an interview that ran on the NPR affiliate KUSP ].

Korteweg, Ariejan. 'Een revolver voor een journalist', de Volkskrant, 12 December 1997.

'Keeping Computers in Their Place', (Rome), 10 September 1997.

Cowley, Jason. 'The Prince of Darkest Imaginings', The Times (London), 6 September 1997.

Walker, Natasha. 'The Interview: Looks Like a Teacher. Writes Like a Demon', The Observer (London), 24 August 1997: 2.

Hunt, Adam, 'Ian McEwan', B&A: New Fiction, 21, Winter 1996: 47-50.

Louvel, Liliane, Gilles Ménégaldo, and Anne-Laure Fortin. 'An Interview with Ian McEwan', Études britanniques contemporaines, 8, 1995: 1-12.

Swaim, Don. 'Audio Interview with Ian McEwan', Wired for Books, 1992 [Interview about Black Dogs].

'Ian McEwan and John Banville.' Bookworm, 9 October 1990. [Audio].

Swaim, Don. 'Audio Interview with Ian McEwan', Wired for Books, 1990 [Interview about The Innocent, and McEwan's travels to Moscow and Berlin that led to ideas for the story].

McGrath, Patrick. 'Interview with Ian McEwan.' Bomb, 33, 1990: 14-16.

Casademont, Rosa González, 'The Pleasure of Prose Writing Vs. Pornographic Violence: An Interview with Ian McEwan', BELLS: Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies, 1:3, 1989: 55-62. Also published in European English Messenger, 1:3, Autumn 1992: 40-45.

Smith, Amanda, 'PW Interviews', Publishers Weekly, 232:11, 11 September 1987: 68-69.

Haffenden, John. Novelists in Interview. London: Methuen, 1985: 168-190. Discussion covers McEwan's writings from First Love, Last Rites to The Ploughman's Lunch.

Haffenden, John, 'Interview: John Haffenden Talks to Ian McEwan', The Literary Review (Edinburgh), 60, June 1983: 29-35.

Ricks, Christopher. 'Adolescence and After', Listener, 12 April 1979: 526-527.

Hamilton, Ian. 'Points of Departure', The New Review, 5:2, Autumn 1978: 9-21. Rich source of biographical information, including McEwan's childhood, schooling, and early writings. Discusses short stories and The Cement Garden.