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Nobody's Child

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
What's your name? Where were you born? What is your date of birth? Simple questions that we are asked throughout our lifeand shows what makes us who we really are.
Published (first published September 12th 2005)
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Jan 19, 2017 Elise rated it it was ok
Really not impressed with this book but then I did have high hopes.

I should probably start with saying what it isn't. It isn't a reflective book about the author's experiences of being adopted. It doesn't represent a cross section of people who have been adopted across the UK/time/the world's stories. It doesn't talk about current adoption practice particularly and how children are better informed and supported. It also isn't a heart felt read where there is a conclusion to often horrible circum
Jul 29, 2015 Frances rated it really liked it
An informative well-written book depicting the stories of foundlings throughout history. Adie reflects on her own background as an adopted child to explore the nature of family and belonging, the need to know one's proper birth-date and original name at birth. She also explores the disturbing treatment of unwanted babies in different societies and highlights how many children can be given the promise of a better future with new families.
Jun 30, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartfelt expose written by a woman that was adopted as a child, but it centres on the issue of foundlings. The author peppers the book with some of her experience as a BBC journalist, she looks at past and present ways of dealing with foundlings, and also interviews a number of adults that were abandoned as babies. Very interesting and well worth reading.
Jul 16, 2010 Windy rated it it was ok
ollection of stories about people who were abandoned as babies, some famous names amongst them. Each chapter gives factual/historical information about illegitemacy, civil records, foundling hospitals, adoption from times past which was sometimes interesting but often boring. Also, some of the personal stories were a bit too shallow which somehow seemed disrespectful.
Elizabeth Jorden
Some of the stories in here are fascinating. But the rest of the text is so repetitive, so if you don't mind hearing the same three points over and over in slightly different words, then it could be worth a read.
Jul 11, 2016 Eilagh rated it it was ok
An interesting look at adoption which apart from stating some interesting facts about the social status of unmarried mothers over the ages, added nothing to the debate about orphanages. Would not recommend particularly.
Lisa Webber
Jun 20, 2016 Lisa Webber rated it really liked it
Latest book club read- an excellent choice. Well written, interesting and unexpected. A good mixture of research into the history of adoptions and foundlings with personal stories which really (and sometimes very poignantly) brought it to life.
Jul 23, 2012 Stuart rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I am usually a fiction reader but something caught my eye as I browsed the bookshelf and I was not disappointed. A mixture of her world-wide personal experiences and the personal reminisences of many 'foundlings' she has come across on her travels.
Martina Nugent
Jun 16, 2015 Martina Nugent rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It tells the real life stories of foundlings throughout the world. It is the type of book that you can pick up and read a chapter at any time and come back to again. Well worth reading
Mar 15, 2016 Rasma rated it liked it
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A new take on social history, and an important story that reflects on something horrific at the core of modernity.
Hilary Tesh
Sep 03, 2015 Hilary Tesh rated it really liked it
A fascinating and often harrowing investigation into what it means to be a foundling. Well worth reading.
Oct 01, 2012 Gypskip rated it really liked it
A fascinating, though heart-wrenching read. Adie writes about foundlings, and their displacement in life. A very thought provoking book which stayed with me long after finishing.
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