The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin SixsmithThe Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

byMartin Sixsmith

Paperback | May 21, 2010

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A compelling story of family secrets, love and lossWhen 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. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee 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.
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...
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Title:The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year SearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 5.14 × 8.18 × 1.21 inPublished:May 21, 2010Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from movie is great, the book not so much This book started off very interesting. The first half had me hooked. It was about a young Mother who had a baby out if wedlock in a convent. Then halfway through the book it became a little too political for my taste. I skipped to the end to see how it finished. But the movie "Philomena" is great!
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book It was a awesome book, but did they change the name of the book, now there is two different covers, Lost child of Philomena Lee and Philomena. I thought the The Lost child would be more on Philomena's life, but they are both the same. Was not happy when I brought both of the books and they are the same. A person should be told this when looking at the books, that is was a re issue. As I purchased book through Kobo book store.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting read One gets a view of the stronghold of the church over the lives of innocent lives. How it all turned out, is surprising and sad at the same tme.i can recommend this book to serious readers.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting read One gets a view of the stronghold of the church over the lives of innocent lives. How it all turned out, is surprising and sad at the same tme.i can recommend this book to serious readers.
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The lost child of Philomena Lee Was an OK read. Enjoyed finding out all about him. However I think that the blurb was misleading thought that I was going to read about both of their stories.
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost child of Philomens Lee Could not put it down. Thought provoking and shocking. Puts a whole new light on things that have happened and hidden, in the name the church!
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Sad to think what the world was like, what people thought was the correct thing to do. Wonderful that it is changing and people can be accepted for who they are.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost child of philomena lee Read this book then if you want watch the film this book makes you laugh cry then wonder
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost child of Philomema Lee Excellent Story of two children who were stolen from their mothers by the C atholic Church in Ireland and sold to an American families as adoptees. Thank you for putting in the pictures at the of the story A mothers love is for ever. I
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lost Child of Philomena Lee Certainly makes you think.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very sad and eye-opening Much better than the movie. Very sad though
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ms Excellent wanted to see the film but opted for the book instead. Anthony seemed like a beautiful person a real achiever, well loved. it's a real atrocity what happened at Roscrea. A really emotional read
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Philomena When the true-story movie 'Philomena' about a lady that gave up her son 50 years ago and asks someone to help her find him came out I was dying to see it, but I wanted to read the book first. The book documents the life of Philomena's son, Anthony Lee - known after being adopted as Michael Hess. I honestly thought it was going to be about Philomena's journey of tracking her son down, so I had to get used to it being almost solely about Mike Hess's life. Random: I wanted to bash Doc over the head and burry him in the back yard (fyi).
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth a read What a wonderful story. It felt that you were going through each bit with him. I'm sorry he didn't meet his Irish mother. I really thought he might and its a shame he caught Aids.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Philomena lee Has to be one of the saddest story's I've ever read but a brillent book
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lost child of Philomena Lee Fantastic read. Makes one think about what life would have been like for Mike if he stayed in Ireland. He certainly would have been loved but what would his career have been. Would love to know if Mary found her Mom.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Child of Philomena Lee A wonderful story, sad of course and unfortunately reconfirmation of the sins of the RC Church and the complicit obscene activities of it's many thousands of sheep-like minions. Thank you Martin for opening the windows and airing this sad chapter of the real "sins" of the church and the Irish government of the time.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Lost Child of Philomena Lee A wonderful story, sad of course and unfortunately reconfirmation of the sins of the RC Church and the complicit obscene activities of it's many thousands of sheep-like minions. Thank you Martin for opening the windows and airing this sad chapter of the real "sins" of the church and the Irish government of the time.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Lost Child of Philomena Lee A wonderful story, sad of course and unfortunately reconfirmation of the sins of the RC Church and the complicit obscene activities of it's many thousands of sheep-like minions. Thank you Martin for opening the windows and airing this sad chapter of the real "sins" of the church and the Irish government of the time.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lost Child of Philomena Lee As soon as I started reading this book I could not put it down. It's a sad story that brang me to tears but the story is fascinating. It's a wonderful blend of history, religion, politics and the personal life of an orphan.
Date published: 2014-01-23