British writer Ian McEwan in 2010. – AFP
Novel deals with conjoined twins.
Ian McEwan’s new novel will delve into the life of conjoined twins, with The Children’s Act expected to reach stores this fall.
For The Children’s Act, McEwan’s research led him to spend time with legal practitioners, in the same way that he had followed a surgeon for Saturday, notes Commonwealth Writers Prize judge Graham Beattie.
The Scottish author, who won the Man Booker Prize with Amsterdam, nominated on a further five occasions, is known for adopting a humanist position when it comes to ethical matters.
But The Children’s Act has as its canvas the dilemmas presented “when religious conviction seeks to prevent medical intervention”, according to the description of his forthcoming May 17th appearance at the Charleston Festival near Brighton, England.
His 2012 spy romance Sweet Tooth has been optioned by production company Working Title, which was behind the Golden Globe-winning adaptation of Atonement. – AFP Relaxnews