The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee Paperback – Sep 4 2009
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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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In future I will ALWAYS read the first few chapters before I purchase an eBook.
Okay, that's not a problem for the purchaser and reader of the book, now retitled "Philomena: A Mother, A Son, and A 50 Year Search", as long as s/he knows in advance that's NOT what the book is about. This book is about 75% about Michael, his life, and his family - which IS very interesting - and about 25% about Irish shaming of young pregnant women, the eventual "selling" of their babies, and Philomena's search for her given-up child. I am going to see the movie, starring Dame Judi Dench this weekend, and I'll bet that the movie is more about Philomena than her child.
I point this out because the movie marketers seem to have taken a book - more about the son - and turned it around and made the movie more about the mother, and then tried to rebrand the book to align with the movie.Read more ›
This book, though perported to be a story about the "50-year search" for the son taken from Philomena, was more than half about American politics, the gay lifestyle and the treatment of AIDS sufferers during the first big outbreak in the U.S. Philomena's story is sadly lacking. I was disappointed. I hope the movie tells us more about Philomena and women like her whose children were taken from them in a disgusting manner by people they were taught to trust.
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Expecting the story of Philomena. I should have read the title more sensitively. It's the child's story. Expectation dashed.Published 4 months ago by Thomas Mackan
This is a heartbreakingly true story. It's well worth reading. Martin Sixsmith did a really good job telling Philomena's story .... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Margaret Vincent
This is a wonderful story! It was a great eye opener regarding what young women had to go through in that time if they had a baby out of wedlock. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A well written story of a man's life quest to find his birth mother and himself. A historical story that needs to be told.Published 9 months ago by Dianne
I read this book after watching the film Philomena with Judi Dench and Steven Coogan. Both amazing experiences, although the focus of the book is very different from the film.Published 13 months ago by Salma Mirshak
Wonderful story but terribly sad. Extremely well written. Saw the movie which was very true to the book. So glad the author wrote this story. Couldn't put it down once I started.Published 14 months ago by Sue DiBattista
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