+612 9045 4394
 
Philomena : A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search - Martin Sixsmith

Philomena

A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

Paperback

Published: 21st May 2010
In Stock. Ships in 1-2 business days from Australia
RRP $22.99
$16.90
26%
OFF

eBook View Product

Published: 1st November 2009
Format: ePUB
$11.99

A compelling story of family secrets, love and loss When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic. Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well written (6)
  • Easy to understand (4)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Informative (3)
  • Inspirational (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (4)
  • Older readers (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (3)

Reviewed by 8 customers

Displaying reviews 1-8

Back to top

 
5.0

watched the movie

By 

from sydney nsw australia

About Me Everyday Reader

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel Reading

      Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

      saw the movie, been to ireland

       
      5.0

      I absolutely loved the book

      By 

      from Sydney

      About Me Everyday Reader

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Inspirational
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Older Readers

        Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

        The book was easy to read and understand. It was highly entertaining as well as inspirational.

         
        4.0

        Sad but true

        By 

        from Thirroul

        About Me Casual Reader

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers

          Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

          I enjoyed reading this story. The main character was complex and real - no hero him, but one could also admire him. I felt like I wanted to give him a hug of encouragement!

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By 

          from Eden

          About Me Bookworm

          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative
          • Inspirational
          • Relevant
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anyone Everyone
            • Gift

            Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

            This book is heart wrenching. The book is more about the son, Michael Hess, than Philomena. I cried for this poor man and the internal torture he suffered. I recommend it hightly.

             
            5.0

            Very Good Read

            By 

            from Sydney

            About Me Bookworm

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative
            • Relevant
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • To Keep Lend Out

              Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

              It was riveting to learn of the life and heartache of Philomena, her son and other involved people. I was glad I saw the movie first as in the book the mystery is revealed early on. But the book is very worth the read as it details more of Micheal's (Anthony's) life.

               
              5.0

              Sad but beautiful

              By 

              from Clare, au

              About Me Casual Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

                  True story

                   
                  5.0

                  Another unread

                  By 

                  from Tasmania Australia

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

                  If film has followed story line of book it should be a good read

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great

                  By 

                  from Country Victoria

                  About Me Bookworm

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Inspirational
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Older Readers

                    Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

                    Delivered right to the door

                    Displaying reviews 1-8

                    Back to top

                    ISBN: 9780330518369
                    ISBN-10: 0330518364
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 464
                    Published: 21st May 2010
                    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 3.1
                    Weight (kg): 0.36
                    Edition Number: 1