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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  

The Children Act

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The slow decline of a long and happy marriage set against the ascent of a young life recovering from a near fatal illness. The boy is a Jehovah’s Witness and his parents and church forbid blood transfusions. The hospital wants to save him and turn to the courts for a ruling. The judge is Fiona, the woman watching the decline of her marriage. Her relationship with the boy whom she visits in hospital before passing judgement is very surprising for them both. This is a short book from one of our most renowned authors, short but very powerful. It will remain with you long after you’ve finished it.

If you like Ian McEwan you might also like to read books by Simon Mawer, Jane Gardam and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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The Good Book Guide logo 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.
~ Fiona Lafferty

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Synopsis

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

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.

Reviews

'Emotionally wrenching and visceral.' Elle

About the Author

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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Publication date

2nd September 2014

Author

Ian McEwan

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Publisher

Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780224101998

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