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Philomena : The True Story of a Mother and the Son She Had to Give Away - Martin Sixsmith

Philomena

The True Story of a Mother and the Son She Had to Give Away

By: Martin Sixsmith, Dame Judi Dench (Foreword by)

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Published: 10th October 2013
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When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent 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. Philomena's son 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.

This is the Film Tie-In edition of Martin Sixsmith's moving book. The film stars Dame Judi Dench, and is currently scheduled for Boxing Day release.

About the Author

Martin Sixsmith was born in Cheshire and educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he worked for the BBC, as the Corporation's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the British Government as Director of Communications. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. His previous books are The Litvinenko File, Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System and two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh.

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    4.0

    A heart rendering story

    By Spencer

    from Melbourne, Australia

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      Comments about Philomena:

      An inspirational and at the same time heart rendering story which I thoroughly enjoyed - I would have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone.

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      4.0

      I would buy and read this again

      By Di

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        Comments about Philomena:

        A sad look at the Catholic church's past practices. (Well, hopefully in the past.)

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        4.0

        a good read

        By maisie

        from queensland

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            Comments about Philomena:

            would have preferred more pf Philomena life after she left the convent this was condensed into a short update at the end

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            5.0

            Responsive and efficient

            By nil

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              Comments about Philomena:

              This was a gift to my wife who is a regular reader. The book and what occurred interested her, having been educated by the nuns. It was also an interesting preliminary to the movie.

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              ISBN: 9781447245223
              ISBN-10: 1447245229
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 356
              Published: 10th October 2013
              Publisher: Pan Macmillan
              Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 3.0
              Weight (kg): 0.35