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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849834903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849834902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Patrick was born and raised in Essex and has remained in the south east of England all her life. After her marriage she moved to Kent where she now lives working part time for a local council. Lynne Barrett-Lee is a successful novelist and non-fiction features writer for magazines including Woman, Woman's Own, Best, Take a Break and Good Housekeeping. She has been published in numerous languages and works as a part-time writing tutor.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By lesley on 2 Sep 2012
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I opened this book in a book shop and could not believe I was reading about a young girls ordeal in the mother and baby home. I too was in Loretto Convent in 1968 as a 17year FALLEN
women. I was transported to a time in my life which I would rather not have revisited. My story is different to Angela's but the experience in the Convent was the same. Well done for writing the story.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Katy Byrne on 9 Mar 2014
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I read this book with great interest. I was at the same mother and baby home two years after the author and remember many of the hardships the young mothers had to undergo. I was a very naive 17 year old and my mother had just died. This book brought many memories back to me and what Angela said rang very true. I also recognised some of the nuns mentioned which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I was lucky as I refused to have my baby adopted and left the convent just before Christmas. My heart bled for Angela - you had to be very strong indeed to keep your baby particularly remembering how unkind and judgemental society was in the '60's towards Unmarried mothers. My darling son, now 47, is also reading this book - it was part of his history too. I was lucky in that I went on to have a very happy marriage and three more children. Thank you so much Angela for writing this book.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Becca on 15 Mar 2012
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I read this book in a matter of hours because the story was just so compelling. This book is important in the fact that it shows us the horror of what is was to be an unmarried Catholic girl in the 1960's. Although some sections of the book are hard to read due to the sheer awfulness that was bestowed upon the young girls sent to the convent for being pregnant, we have to remember that this is a true story and that these young girls suffered horrifically , and that we are the lucky ones as we are only reading about it.

Read this book, if only to learn about how lucky women are in the UK in the year 2012, as it was only over 50 years ago that this true story is set. And you won't believe that what you are reading really happened.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Kisseih on 13 Jun 2012
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This book was so interesting and riveting. It brought tears to my eyes on more than a couple of occasions. Some people refer to the "old days" with a fondness as if they were better than modern times but obviously in many ways this is not the case - generally few young women would be ostracised these days for having a child out of wedlock (and that's how it should be). Also in my opinion it was more shameful that many young men in those days seemed to think nothing of deserting the poor pregnant girl to be alienated and ostracised by all. I'm so glad Angela met such a wonderful man in her husband - he really is a gem and was totally understanding at all times when it came to Angela meeting her son later in life. Incidentally this book has no book review recommendations on the back which sometimes makes me wonder if it's worth reading but I shall ignore that in future as this book is definitely a must-read by lovers of biographies.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Prestonlass on 17 Mar 2012
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Couldn't put this book down and I felt I really knew the author by the end. It was a sad reminder of how badly unmarried mothers were treated in the early sixties and how cruel the nuns were to these girls and their babies. I think all Catholics should read this book.It makes one wonder how many lives were ruined by these so called women of God. It would be interesting to know when the convent actually closed or stopped taking unmarried mothers in.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. MacColl on 23 April 2012
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This book for me was such an eye opener, my mum had often told me of when she was young and how different things were regarding being an unmarried mother.... albeit she was born in 1962.

I was totally swept up into this book and devoured it over a weekend - I will certainly hold onto this book and give it another read in the future. You really feel Angela's pain in the way she writes a whole life consumed by guilt and longing.

I think it might even be one to let my daughters read in a few years.. yes, the world has changed but having a baby is so massive "don't let a man near you" might not be strong enough words for a teenager this book certainly should make the message clear of the consequences, it only takes one time.

Fantastic and an absolute must read!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 5 May 2012
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This book really got to me. The way unmarried pregnant girls were treated in the 60s was shocking. I found the part where her son finds her particularly poignant and moving. An excellent book which certainly moved me. Read it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jean Allen on 22 April 2012
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These true stories of the way unmarried mothers were treated are of great interest, as were early stories of the workhouse system adoption and child migration which was virtually an extension of slavery and continued until 1967. The books are available at a reduced price and the service first class, I have only bought books on this subject so far, but would not hesitate to buy anything else if I needed to.
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