Atonement: Comprehensive Guide for AS / A Level (first teaching 2015)

Set text for:
  • AQA A AS
  • AQA B A Level
  • Edexcel AS and A Level

Set against the backdrop of World War II England, Atonement tells of a young girl who naively misinterprets her older sister’s relationship with the family’s gardener. Her mistake sets in motion a string of events that tears the family apart, and changes the course of the girl’s life. Delve into McEwan’s intelligent and beautifully written story of love, war, childhood, remorse and forgiveness with this detailed and absorbing guide.

Engage your students!


  • discussion questions
  • research points
  • active learning tasks
  • further reading suggestions
  • key literary and linguistic terms
  • practice essay questions

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each chapter, with commentary on context throughout
  2. Drawing it all together
    In-depth discussion of whole text focuses on: characterisation, relationships, genre, themes, attitudes and values, language, form, structure and literary approaches
  3. Indicative content
    Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered

Plus! Glossary of key terms ensures full understanding