Love Child: A Memoir of Adoption, Reunion, Loss and Love

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9780091901790: Love Child: A Memoir of Adoption, Reunion, Loss and Love

In this enthralling memoir, Sue Elliot tells her own story of growing up as an adopted child. She details her emotional search for and meeting with her birth mother, Marjorie, the heartbreaking tale of how Marjorie came to give up Sue for adoption in 1950s England, and the shock of finding that she, Sue, wasn't the only child given away by Marjorie. Weaved throughout is the vivid, emotional history of adoption in the UK. Drawing on a wide range of intimate personal experiences, it outlines the forces that shaped 20th century adoption practice, from baby-farming, the stigma of illegitimacy, incest and the bastardy laws, children taken by force, and mass emigration schemes, to modern day adoption practices, buying babies from abroad, sperm donor fathers and tearful reunions on Trisha.

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Sue Elliot is a television executive and speechwriter, whose writing appears regularly in national newspapers such as The Guardian. She has a special interest in social policy and adoption, and has sat on adoption boards. Steve Humphries is one of Britain's most popular and influential writers of 20th century social history books. He was a lecturer in modern history at Essex University, but since the mid-1980s has been a TV producer. He has authored/co-authored more than 20 social history books, many of them TV tie-ins and bestsellers.

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"This true story of loss, guilt, identity, family feuds, reunion and redemption is one that will move all who read it" The Sun "a compelling and enlightening read" Junior "Enthralling and informative" Woman and Home "A book of family secrets, thwarted love and unexpected reunions ... A marvellous book." -- Bernard Cornwell

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