The Children Act

by Ian McEwan

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The Children Act Synopsis

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

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The Good Book Guide Review

High Court Judge Fiona Maye presides over complex ethical cases, like whether Siamese twins should be separated to allow one to live, or not, and sentence both to die. Just as she is presented with one of the most challenging cases of her career, her husband of thirty years announces that he is going to leave her for a younger woman. She launches herself into her urgent case involving a 17-year-old boy with leukaemia, whose Jehovah’s Witness parents are refusing a blood transfusion that could save his life. In personal turmoil, she visits the boy in hospital and finds an astonishingly intelligent boy who appears to know his own mind. Her judgement has grave consequences for the boy and his family, but, as she contemplates her childless marriage, it comes back to haunt her, too. Taut, sparing and effortless, this is another exquisitely wrought novel from the master of the novella.

The Children Act Press Reviews

'Emotionally wrenching and visceral.' Elle

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ISBN: 9780224101998
Publication date: 02/09/2014
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780224101998
Publication date: 2nd September 2014
Author: Ian McEwan
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children's novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize, Atonement and Saturday.

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