I have just read Ian McEwan’s latest novel, The Children Act. Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors and you may be familiar with some of his earlier work Atonement, On Chesil Beach and Amsterdam to name a few.
I really enjoyed this gentle thought provoking read. The book is set primarily in London. In it we meet Fiona Maye, a leading High Court Judge who presides over the Family Court. She is an intelligent, sensitive wise middle aged woman .Her private life has hit a bumb and her marriage is in
crisis however her professionalism remains strong. She is presiding over a fascinating case in which she is to rule over wether the forced life saving hospital intervention should overrule the wishes of the patients parents. The patient is only seventeen years old and still a minor in the courts eyes. The treatment goes against the religious beliefs of the family involved. Quite a moral dilemma ! Her judgement has consequences not only for the patient but also for Fiona.
It is quite a short novel and you will have it read within two to three hours but it stays with you once finished.