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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 09/04/2015
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A brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam. Soon to be a major new film adaptation.
All this sorrow had common themes, there was a human sdness to it, but it continued to fascinate her. She believed she brought reasonableness to hopeless situations. 

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.

A writer who has no doubt changed the landscape of British fiction, Ian McEwan’s diverse, experimental literary portfolio encompasses Gothic short stories, dark psychological dramas such as The Cement Garden and Enduring Love as well as the spy thriller Sweet Toothan epic of wartime, Atonement, and state-of-the-nation novels Amsterdam (for which he won the Booker Prize), Saturday, Solar and The Children Act.  

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099599630
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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 *

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“The Decision Act”

McEwan fans rejoice, as The Children Act is a great novel, showing off the wonderful writing and strong characters that we know him for. Our protangonist this time is Fiona, and the novel is a brilliant study into the... More

Paperback edition
1 similar book recommended
23rd March 2015
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“McEwan can do better than that”

This read like a tailor-made book or a creative writing exercise with constant reminders about the topic. As we already know from the blurb, it is about the conflict of religious versus civic law, as a Jehovah’s... More

Hardback edition
19th February 2015
Helpful? Upvote 48

“An odd yarn”

I found myself thinking why was this written and found it a bit strange. I enjoyed some of the parts describing the feelings of the boy but found the main character's viewpoint to be rather weird several times... More

Hardback edition
23rd September 2014
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