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Booker Award Nominee Inspired or Plagiarist

Ian McEwan, nominee of the Booker Award for his novel, Atonement, has been accused of copying Lucilla Andrews’ work. Ms. Andrews wrote an autobiographical novel, No Time for Romance, of her work nursing injured soldiers druing World War II. McEwen’s female protagonist has similar experiences as the ones related in Andrews’ book.

Andrews wrote several fictional hospital/medical romances and was a founding member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. I guess I like the idea that an award winning novelist was inspired by a romance novelist. :)

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Janine
    Nov 27, 2006 @ 14:04:26

    McEwan also won the Booker Prize in 1998 for his novel Amsterdam. Incidentally, I have Atonement in my TBR pile. Maybe I should review it here?

  2. Janine
    Nov 27, 2006 @ 14:22:09

    I just looked for No Time for Romance on Amazon. There is a large print copy listed there but the price is over two thousand dollars!

  3. jmc
    Nov 27, 2006 @ 21:55:53

    There is another article posted online at the Times with a couple of similar passages compared at the end. Research vs. plagiarism: where’s the line, especially if the author acknowledges a source (vaguely as McEwan apparently did Andrews)?

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