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The Children Act - Ian McEwan


Published: 9th April 2015
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This book is a brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam. Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life.

Time is running out. She visits the boy in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. But it is Fiona who must ultimately decide whether he lives or dies and her judgement will have momentous consequences for them both.

About the Author

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, Saturday, On Chesil Beach, Solar and Sweet Tooth.


Definitely worth waiting for.


Another example of the brilliance and subtlety of Ian Mc Ewan.. Breathtaking.

Adelaide South Australia


An Engrossing Read


While reading this book the same subject was playing out in a Queensland court. I found this book to be a great read whilst very poignant and showing the dilemma which judges must face when dealing with such cases. I have already given this to two relatives to read.



Excellent author


The children Act was purchased as part of our Book Club. Lively discussion when we met at the finish of the book and it divided the readers. Some thought she was too perfect others thought she was a driven character and vunerable when her marriage hit the rocky patch. She exposed a side that could have ruined her career. An excellent read.

Ipswich Australia


The Children Act

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"A wonderfully readable and thought-provoking book" -- Kathryn Atkins * Bristol Magazine * "A short novel that will linger in your mind for a long time" * Woman's Weekly * "Another beautifully written masterpiece" * Beyond * "relevant, emotive, moving, this is beautifully written and a guaranteed page turner" -- Matthew Smith * H Edition * "One of our best authors at his best." -- Murray Neil * Hertfordshire Life * "One of my favourite authors... McEwan's fascination with judicial issues, with music and poetry, and with the moral conundrum of how far you place your religious beliefs above the life of someone you love, all feature in this book which will leave you thinking long after you have finished it." -- Frances Colville * Frost Magazine * "It's an enjoyable and often surprising novella." -- Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Express * "It asks fundamental questions in a sober, intelligent way about the choices we make and our blindness when it comes to our beliefs." -- Francois Ozon, film-maker * Observer * "Here he is again: vulnerable, insightful, passionate and utterly in control. He's amazing." -- Robert Webb * Mail on Sunday *

ISBN: 9780099599630
ISBN-10: 0099599635
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 9th April 2015
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1