The Children Act

The Misanthropologist

Ian McEwan‘s latest, The Children Act, is a short novel about Fiona Maye, a seasoned judge in the Family Division  of the High Courts in London.

Ever since she  was a young girl, Fiona had always been serious, stable, and fiercely ambitious.  As a young lawyer, she worked hard to rise through the ranks of the male dominated field.  Now 60 years old, she is known among her colleagues in the legal world for  her probity and integrity when passing judgment or dispensing Justice. As a judge in the Family Division, Fiona hears cases on all domestic matters, including marital disputes, child custody, and other issues concerning the welfare and well-being of children and minors.  It is her responsibility to uphold the Family Division’s mandate to protect children and to make decisions based on their best interest.  Over the years, Fiona has heard all types of cases involving minors, and have had…

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