Acclaimed novelist Ian McEwan occupies a unique spot in the book world - he sells millions of books, is well regarded by literary critics and is loved by collectors of modern first editions. Whether you're interested in padding your collectibles library, or just love a compelling, well-written novel, McEwan fits the bill. Born in 1948 in Aldershot, Hampshire, McEwan - who studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia under Malcolm Bradbury - has been a true superstar of literature since the 1990s.

His 1975 debut work was First Love, Last Rites, a collection of short stories.  First editions of First Love, Last Rites are highly sought after now, as McEwan's early books had small print runs. The Jonathan Cape UK first editions of First Love, Last Rites in particular are highly prized by collectors. His early work was dark and decidedly edgy, and critics did him the dubious homor of nicknaming him 'Ian Macabre'. For instance, The Cement Garden (1978) is a novel with a strong incest theme where four children bury their mother's body in cement in the basement.

The author is extremely skilled at penning remarkable opening chapters - Enduring Love (his 1997 novel about a stalker) and A Child in Time (his 1987 novel about the loss a child) both boast stunning beginnings, that hook the reader from the word go and make it nearly impossible to put the book down.

McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times to date, winning in 1998 with his novel Amsterdam. His other five Booker nominations were for The Comfort of Strangers in 1981, Black Dogs in 1992, Atonement in 2001, Saturday in 2005, and On Chesil Beach in 2007. In 2011, McEwan was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, awarded every other year to an author whose work explores themes of human freedom and autonomy within society. Autographed Ian McEwan books are easy to find and first editions signed by Ian McEwan can easily be found for less than $50.