‘The Children Act’ is the thirteenth novel by UEA alumnus Ian McEwan and is published by Jonathan Cape today. Ian was the inaugural student on the UEA Creative Writing MA, graduating in 1971, and published his first collection of short stories, ‘First Love, Last Rites’, in 1975. His second novel ‘The Comfort of Strangers’ (1981) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as were ‘Black Dogs’ (1992), ‘Atonement’ (2001), ‘Saturday’ (2005) and ‘On Chesil Beach’ (2007). He won the prize with ‘Amsterdam’ in 1998. His most recent novel, ‘Sweet Tooth’, was published in 2012. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and has accepted the honorary awards of Distinguished Writing Fellow and Jubilee Professor of the University of East Anglia from the university.