Book review: The Children Act by Ian McEwan


The Children ActThe Children Act by Ian McEwan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

From BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime:
Ian McEwan’s powerful story about faith, love and the law and about the welfare of children and the duty of those who care for them. Read by Juliet Stevenson. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Juliet Stevenson begins Ian McEwan’s powerful and haunting new novel, The Children Act – a story about faith, love and the Law and about the welfare of children and the duty of those who care for them.

Fiona Maye is an esteemed High Court Judge presiding over cases in the Family Court and admired for her ‘godly distance and devilish understanding’. But beneath her professional composure, her happy marriage of thirty years is suddenly in trouble and a recent case has caused her heartache. Now she faces a life or death decision.

For religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy is refusing life-saving treatment, and his devout parents support his wishes. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? What really lies in the boy’s best interests?

This story did not convince me, specially after I have read many other books by this author.

NYTimes review.

4* Amsterdam
4* Black Dogs
3* Enduring Love
5* Atonement
3* The Innocent
3* Saturday
3* On Chesil Beach
3* Sweet Tooth
2* The Children Act
TR The Cement Garden

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