McEwan speaks out on assisted dying

Ian McEwan, whose forthcoming novel The Children Act (Jonathan Cape) will look at the dilemma of how and when people, and in particular children, can die, has again spoken out in favour of allowing terminally ill people to take their own lives, reports Sarah Shaffi in The Bookseller

Speaking at the Charleston Festival in East Sussex on Saturday (17th May), the Sunday Times reported the author saying: “What is ridiculous is the law allows people to starve to death, but when somebody is suffering extreme pain they cannot get the nurse to help them die. People who want to die should be allowed to die. The good thing is that in common law, it is now moving.”

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