A brilliant, emotionally-wrenching novel from the bestselling author of Atonement, now a major film starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci
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.
‘Compulsively readable’ The Times
‘A powerful, humane novel’ Evening Standard
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Rich with psychological insight and piercingly beautiful prose, The Children Act is the story of an esteemed family-court judge whose equilibrium is shattered when her longtime husband asks for an open marriage. Ian McEwan—who won the Man Booker Prize with Amsterdam—has a gift for evoking fear, confusion and other uncomfortably messy emotions. He lasers in on protagonist Fiona Maye’s thoughts as she decides the fate of the embattled young people who come through her courtroom. Anchoring his novel in fascinating details about the law, McEwan also offers intelligent and moving reflections on the complexities of faith and injustice.