Oranges & Sunshine: Empty Cradles by Margaret HumphreysOranges & Sunshine: Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys

Oranges & Sunshine: Empty Cradles

byMargaret Humphreys

Paperback | March 7, 2011

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Now a major film, the book that exposed the incredible scandal of Britain's forgotten and abused child migrants In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a British social worker, investigated a woman's claim that at the age of four she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first thinking it incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. Up to 150,000 children, some as young as three years old, had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a "new life" in distant parts of the British empire, right up until 1970. Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents often believed that their children had been adopted in Britain. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Here, Margaret reveals how she unraveled this shocking secret and how it became her mission to reunite these innocent and unwilling exiles with their families in Britain. Originally published as Empty Cradles
Title:Oranges & Sunshine: Empty CradlesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.94 inPublished:March 7, 2011Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:055216335X

ISBN - 13:9780552163354


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sad tale in history I read this book for my Toastmasters Book Club. This book is also known as Oranges and Sunshine. This book is a true story. It tells the story of British Child Migrants. These were children that were sent to various places in the empire and commonwealth. These children were, or were suppose to be orphans. There were stories of neglect, abuse and horror. Although this book is nonfiction, it will make you feel emotions. You will feel sorrow when you hear of the stories of children seperated from their mohters. Anger when you read the stories of their abuse. Frustration when you read that no one wanted to help them. Joy when you read stories of children reunited with their mothers. The author of this book started the Child Migrant's Trust to help reunite these children with theri mothers. To give them a sense of belonging in this world. This is her story. She does not set blame, but presents facts. This is history that you might not read in school. I really enjoyed the book. As a student of history and a lover of genealogy, I really got into the book. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A definite page-turner Reading Margaret Humphries' tale of tens of thousands of youngsters shipped from care homes in the U.K. (not all orphans and many didn't have parental permission to be sent) unfolds as though you're sitting across the table with endless pots of tea listening to her voice methodically and passionately tell a story. After accidentally coming across an incident of parent-child separation in the course of her work as a social worker, Mrs H. became fully engulfed in an attempt to reunite the now-adult "migrants" in Australia with their parents and siblings in Eng., Ireland and Scotland. Heartwrenching. Honest. And, worst of all it is not fiction. How some people were affected made me weep. A small mention is made of the "boat children" who "migrated" to Canada--many times to unloving homes and hard-times. Fascinating to read in view of how social injustices (ie: Canadian Indian Schools) come back to bite the authorities who organized them in the first place. Only disappointment was not hearing if the British government ever took on responsibility for their complicity in the child migrant scandal (as the Australian gov't eventually did.)
Date published: 2013-01-15