The Children Act
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides 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... show more
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides 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: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
Publish date: 2015-04-28
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
Fazit: Familienrichterin in der Ehekrise. Intensiv und kurzweilig. Rezension: Fiona Maye ist eine angesehene Familienrichterin. Mit einer vielbewunderten Mischung aus Einfühlungsvermögen und kühler, rechtlicher Logik, entscheidet sie über Sorgerechtsfragen und andere Dinge, wenn die Eltern der bet...
Synopsis: High Court judge, Fiona Maye, presides over family court in London. All is going well until two events collide her life's roles into chaos. The first involves a seventeen year old Jehovah Witness, Matthew, who upon hearing he has cancer wants to refuse the treatment the government is fo...
Ian McEwan can write some of the most gorgeous prose, but sometimes it seems like the emotion behind those words is somehow missing. I felt like this novel specifically was building to some sort of climax that was never quite realized - we had the big, emotional moment, and then the book was just do...
Ian McEwan’s brief, multi-layered novel about trial judge Fiona Maye, in the High Court of the Family Court Division in England, is based on very real case law; otherwise it is entirely fiction. More than Fiona’s story, this is a story about legal and medical ethics, domestic difficulties, parental ...