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The Children Act

About the Novel:

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.

The Children Act will be published in September by Jonathan Cape, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, and Knopf Canada. The audiobook is available from iTunes (UK / US) and Audible (UK / US).

Vintage Podcast: Ian McEwan and Martin Amis

Ian McEwan and Martin Amis are two old friends - who also happen to be literary superstars. Listen to them discuss their thought-provoking new books, The Children Act and The Zone of Interest, look back over their distinguished careers and consider the current state and the future prospects of the novel. The podcast is presented by journalist Alex Clark. (Contains strong language.)

Purchase this and other Ian McEwan books online.

Jonathan Cape, 2014 (224 p., ISBN: 9780224101998).
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2014. (240 p., ISBN: 9780385539708).
Knopf Canada, 2014. (240 p., ISBN: 9780345809629)


"A British judge faces a complex case while dealing with her husband's infidelity in this thoughtful, well-wrought novel…McEWAN CREATES AT EVERY TURN SOMETHING NEW AND EMOTIONALLY REWARDING." -- Kirkus Reviews

"As in Atonement, what doesn't happen has the power to destroy; as in Amsterdam, McEwan probes the dread beneath civilized society…FEW WILL DENY McEWAN HIS PLACE AMONG THE BEST OF BRITAIN'S LIVING NOVELISTS." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review



The Children Act

This is a special limited First Edition of The Children Act signed by the author before publication and in association with Jonathan Cape, comprising 100 copies only, printed on Logan Book Wove 150gsm paper. Seventy-five arev quarter-bound in Kaduna Green Nigerian Goatskin, the sides letterpress-printed on Passport Sage Felt with a design by Edward Bawden and numbered 1 to 75. Twenty-five copies, numbered i to xxv, are fully-bound in the same leather and contain three facsimile pages of notebook manuscript and one page of hand-corrected typescript from an early draft of the novel, all supplied by the author.

All copies have head and tail bands, coloured tops and endpapers, and are contained in a suedel-lined slipcase, also featuring the Bawden design.

You may order as many copies as you wish but any multiple orders will be reviewed prior to publication and, if necessary, scaled down accordingly. Please indicate whether, if your preferred edition is unavailable, you would like to receive the other edition. Please note that books will not be reserved without pre-payment. No books will be dispatched before publication date, 2 September 2014.

Full Leather £350 (SOLD OUT) | Quarter £175

Books will be sent by Special Delivery in the UK (please add £13 per book) and by International Signed to Europe (add £23 per book) and Rest of the World (add £27 per book).

All orders and enquiries to Claire Williams
cwilliams@lrbshop.co.uk | +44 (0) 20 7269 9030
14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

Novels:    The Cement Garden    The Comfort of Strangers    The Child in Time    The Innocent    Black Dogs       
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The Children Act
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