Ian McEwan’s new novel The Children Act is on order. If you are a fan of the author, he will be doing a few interviews to promote it. He’ll be interviewed on the Radio 4 “Today” programme on 1st September and it ill be serialised as the “Book at Bedtime”. There’ll also be features on him in the Guardian and Sunday Times magazine and he’ll be on the Andrew Marr show.
The new book is about a leading High Court judge, Fiona Maye, who is 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
The novel is published on 2nd September.