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by McEwan, Ian.

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TitleThe children act
Author / Responsible partyMcEwan, Ian.
GenreDomestic fiction, Legal stories.
TopicsDomestic fiction, Legal stories. Women judges -- Fiction. Self-actualization (Psychology) in women -- Fiction. Religion and law -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

Additional Information

System control numberS14803
Original Print PublisherLondon : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
NarratorLindsay Duncan.
Narrator NameLindsay Duncan.
Participant or performer noteLindsay Duncan.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator