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
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