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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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    1.0

    Totally misleading title

    By Doctor Katie

    from Brisbane

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        Comments about Philomena:

        I had seen the title, the movie and read the blurb on the cover, and everything suggested that this book was about Philomena, the Irish unwed mother who reluctantly gave her son up for adoption. Wrong!!
        It was all about the son, complete with imagined thoughts, feelings and conversations from the time of his babyhood to his eventual death of AIDS, it was a gay fairytale not at all a 'sensitive story' about the pain of giving your child up for adoption. Irritating imaginative fiction.
        How the makers of the film 'Philomena' extracted sufficient material about her from this book to create a film is a mystery; they evidently invented almost as much material as did this book's author!

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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

          from Country Victoria

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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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                Responsive and efficient

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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: 464
                  Published: 10th October 2013
                  Publisher: Pan Macmillan
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 3.0
                  Weight (kg): 0.36