DLR Library Voices 2014
Ian McEwan in Conversation with Declan Hughes
Few novelists encapsulate moral dilemmas in fiction as adroitly and eloquently as Ian McEwan. His novels dramatise situations of extreme ethical ambiguity which provoke in his characters and in his readers the need for nuanced responses. In his new novel, The Children Act, a leading High Court judge renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case in which a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. Should a secular court overrule sincerely held faith when a life is at risk? The clash of religious beliefs and adult responsibility are delicately explored in this new novel by one of the finest writers currently working in English.
'As a novelist whose critical reputation translates directly into sales in the hundreds of thousands, Ian McEwan is virtually unique among his contemporaries. Part of McEwan's popularity with readers is his canny gift for tight and surprising plotting, and in the advance buzz around The Children Act, it's been widely reported that his 13th novel presents a reckoning with irresponsible religious belief - an anathema to an atheist like McEwan.' GQ Magazine
Tickets are still available for the final event with Mary Costello at the Pavilion Theater box office on (01) 231 2929 or at http://www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/ian-mcewan-in-conversation-with-declan-hughes
Thanks to Ger Holland Photography