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The Children Act

The Children Act

  • Title: The Children Act
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  • ISBN : 9780385539708
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 240 pages


A fiercely intelligent, well respected High Court judge in London faces a morally ambiguous case while her own marriage crumbles in a novel that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances A fiercely intelligent, well respected High Court judge in London faces a morally ambiguous case while her own marriage crumbles in a novel that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child s welfare obvious But the law requires rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is an expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts But Fiona s professional success belies domestic strife Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen year old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah s Witnesses But Jack doesn t leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case as well as her crumbling marriage tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page


Author Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970 and later received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.McEwan s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories




The Children Act Reviews (31)

  • Do you like to people watch You know what I mean just sit somewhere in a busy place and watch people bustle past in all their colourful weirdness It s a habit I ve acquired with age Sometimes I think back to being a teenager and remember how I always wondered if I was strange in some way I guess a l [..]

  • I have to stop reading McEwan s books, because I never enjoy them There s something clinical, removed, about the way he tells his stories I don t get the sense that he likes human beings, and he is writing about them to display his proficiency with structure and nuance rather than out of interest or [..]

  • FILM adaptation now out in UK, US, and elsewhere I ve appended a review comparison of that to this review of the book She felt shrunken to a geometrical point of anxious purpose This was my eighth McEwan I rated On Chesil Beach as 5 , five others as 4 , and Black Dogs as 2 That track record [..]

  • THE CHILDREN ACT is about the law and sensational cases, but it is not a legal thriller Rather, it is a beautiful and sad story of a High Court Judge forced to choose, literally, between life and death Her ruling, though proper and legally sound, leads to both. [..]

  • From the first page, I realized Ian McEwan s The Children Act would conquer me This novel is a character study than a simple courtroom drama, as it deals with marriage, religion, and life choices The story centers on the family court Judge Fiona Maye as she faces a crisis in her marriage, questions [..]

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