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Relative Strangers: A history of adoption and a tale of triplets Paperback – 21 Aug 2003


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (21 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316860581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316860581
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A unique and moving story. (WESTERN MAIL)

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* A history of adoption in Britain, and the true-life tale of seventy-one-year-old triplets reunited in 2001 for the first time since their birth.

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William John Hodder was known by his family as Wills, which conjures up an upper-class, princely image, despite the fact that he spent his life as a farm labourer and gardener. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David H on 13 Oct 2003
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Hunter Davies traces the history of the fractured family,Hodder, from their dissolution following the death of the mother on birth of triplets (in 1932)to their,eventual,re-unification seventy years later. The chapters of the Hodder history are interspersed with chapters tracing the history of adoption and its legalisation in this country. By relating the process of parliamentary law enactment to personalities,from Thomas Barnardo to Pam Hodgkins of National Organisationfor Counselling Adoptees and Parents (NORCAP), he gives the book the feel of a novel. He shows a sympathetic understanding of all the characters in the book and has a good insight into the joys and problems of both adopters and adoptees. The book is essentially a story of joyful re-unification though there is a brief and necessary reference to the fact that sucessful tracing of biolgical roots may not always be joyful at all. The back of the book has an appendix with useful agencies and further reading for those who wish to establish 'their roots' or are considering adoption. To sum up this is a useful factual book in the format of an enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mum of the animals VINE VOICE on 8 Nov 2008
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Fascinating story of triplets born in 1932. Mother died day after and father who had six further children put them up for adoption. They went to three separate - and different - families. They meet again aged sixty-nine. Hunter Davies tells story with sensitivity and a good historical perspective. It involved considerable detective work and determination.
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By Jen M on 28 Aug 2013
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An excellent read as one would expect from Hunter Davies who never lets us down. Interesting to learn more about the adoption system and how it has progressed over the years and fascinating to read about the triplets.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jama on 26 Dec 2010
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Advertised on Catherine Cookson page - bought in error for 90 year old mother-in-law - item returned - not possible for me to review
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A CHARMING, DELIGHTFUL BOOK 17 Aug 2010
By Anne Salazar - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a totally charming and delightful book, a true account of triplets born in England in 1932 and separated very soon thereafter. Their mother died on the day of their birth and their father was unable to care for them, so they were taken in by a large orphanage near their home. They were eventually adopted by different families and, by their own accounts, had loving homes and enjoyed happy childhoods. The author is thrilled with his story and I could envision him smiling as I was reading along about how they--and a family consisting of six other siblings--were eventually brought together. It is so refreshing to read of dramatic events in people's lives that does not include any sort of abuse or violence--so much so that this book becomes very life-affirming. I loved it!

They say "never judge a book by its cover" and I didn't since Amazon didn't show the cover, but I might have if I had seen the cover of this book. It shows a photo of British orphans out for a walk, all of them dressed alike and holding hands, most of them smiling. The presumed care-taker of these FOURTEEN children looks into the camera with a placid half-smile on her face. It would appear that all's right with the world, and that is a great feeling to have in these days--or any day!

Need I say it again? I loved this book!
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