One of the foremost novelists of our time. His prose is controlled, concise, eloquent. His insight into, and understanding of, the human psyche is unrivalled in contemporary fiction. He is nuanced, reasonable, highly aware of the the complexities of the world around him. His work in the last decade - Amsterdam, Atonement, Saturday, On Chesil Beach - is his absolute best, though I have a weakness for his dark, morbid early work, particularly First Love, Last Rites and The Cement Garden.
Given his apparently calm and reasonable nature, I am often surprised by the hostility towards him.
I just read his libretto for Michael Berkeley's opera, For You. Brilliant and funny.