The Children Act (Paperback)
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The Children Act (Paperback)

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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: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Fascinatingly complex and finally heartbreaking… A quite beautiful work of fiction. - The Times

Another notable volume from one of the finest writers alive. - Washington Post

A masterclass in the power of precision and restraint … McEwan is brilliant on the details that form the backdrop to public and private tragedy. - The Sunday Times

A classic McEwan novella, swift and compelling, asking to be read in a single sitting despite its 200-odd pages… He makes it look simple yet few other writers have anything like his mastery of such prose… So skillfully composed and fluently performed, it’s a pleasure from start to finish, one not to be interrupted. - Evening Standard

The Children Act is in part a tribute to the best of the legal profession and, as a wordsmith, his deep respect for the best of their prose… The book has some landmark McEwan features of skillfully created tension. - Lancet

In typical McEwan style, The Children Act is unputdownable and hauntingly beautiful. - Khaleej Times

The Children Act is a…sophisticated exploration of how society treats children and how children’s welfare can be considered in the complex world in which we live, where issues about how children should be raised are not subject to consensus. - Legal Action

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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
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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
Helpful? Upvote 95

“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

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