17 The Children Act

17 The Children Act by Ian McEwan

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Staff Recommendation: Fiona Maye is a high court judge in the family court, respected and admired. Her professional life is well organised and she is noted for the balanced, considered nature of her rulings. This is not reflected in the turmoil of her personal life. Almost sixty and childless, she is feeling a growing regret for this state. When her husband suddenly announces he wants to indulge in an affair she is devastated. Jack leaves their home and Fiona throws herself into her work. She is tasked with a highly sensitive case of a beautiful young man and his faith based refusal of life saving medical treatment. Having visited him in hospital, Fiona becomes personally involved with far reaching consequences.