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The Children Act


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A brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam.

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Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in Time.


"A wonderfully readable and thought-provoking book" -- Kathryn Atkins * Bristol Magazine *
"A short novel that will linger in your mind for a long time" * Woman's Weekly *
"Another beautifully written masterpiece" * Beyond *
"relevant, emotive, moving, this is beautifully written and a guaranteed page turner" -- Matthew Smith * H Edition *
"One of our best authors at his best." -- Murray Neil * Hertfordshire Life *
"One of my favourite authors... McEwan's fascination with judicial issues, with music and poetry, and with the moral conundrum of how far you place your religious beliefs above the life of someone you love, all feature in this book which will leave you thinking long after you have finished it." -- Frances Colville * Frost Magazine *
"It's an enjoyable and often surprising novella." -- Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Express *
"It asks fundamental questions in a sober, intelligent way about the choices we make and our blindness when it comes to our beliefs." -- Francois Ozon, film-maker * Observer *
"Here he is again: vulnerable, insightful, passionate and utterly in control. He's amazing." -- Robert Webb * Mail on Sunday *

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