Philomena: A Mother Her Son And A Fifty-Year Search

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Philomena: A Mother Her Son And A Fifty-Year Search

by Martin Sixsmith

Pan Macmillan Uk | November 4, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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A compelling story of family secrets, love and loss - now a major film starring Judi Dench, directed by Stephen Frears

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.

Philomena 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 356 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in

Published: November 4, 2013

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1447245229

ISBN - 13: 9781447245223

Found in: Biography and Memoir
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Philomena: A Mother Her Son And A Fifty-Year Search

Philomena: A Mother Her Son And A Fifty-Year Search

by Martin Sixsmith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 356 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in

Published: November 4, 2013

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1447245229

ISBN - 13: 9781447245223

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A compelling story of family secrets, love and loss - now a major film starring Judi Dench, directed by Stephen Frears

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.

Philomena 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.

About the Author

Martin Sixsmith was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997, he was the BBC correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002, he worked as the director of communications and press secretary for Harriet Harman, Alistair Darling, and Stephen Byers. He is the author of two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh. His non-fiction work, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, is the basis for the film Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench.
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