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The Unmarried Mother

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

Sheila Tofield tells her moving true story about being a single mother in 1950s Britain, in The Unmarried Mother.

'A searing, honest testimony' Lesley Pearse

Sheila grew up in Rotherham, the daughter of an uncaring mother who made her believe she was useless, stupid and - most painfully of all - unlovable. As a young woman, her worst childhood fears were confirmed wh

ebook, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Not Avail
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Mar 30, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone born after the nineteen seventies really needs to read this book to see how much attitudes have changed since the nineteen fifties. The author grew up in a family where love was in short supply. Her mother regarded her as a nuisance and while she had a good relationship with some of her brothers and sisters life during and after World War II was not easy. I find it really sad when someone was happier during the nine months she spent in hospital because of Diphtheria than she ever was at ...more
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Aug 23, 2016 Bridget Holbert rated it it was amazing

Very well written story. The author writes first hand about growing up with a pretty rough childhood and then becoming pregnant in a time when being unwed and pregnant was looked down upon. She did the only thing she knew to do and went to an unwed mothers home to place her baby up for adoption. When she gives birth she falls in live withher baby and decides to keep her. She struggles as a single mother but prevails. She goes on to describe her horrific marriage and how her life went, i enjo
Jul 26, 2013 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, however this book to me didn't have much at all about the 'fight' or 'struggle' to keep her daughter, in fact there was no struggle at all, this book was more a biography of Sheila's life her childhood and adulthood. Despite this I was still glued to this book and read it in 1 day, so therefore I have gave it 4 stars as it didn't have much about the struggle, but I really enjoyed it.
Jul 06, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An easy read, nothing remarkable here. The story is good but the delivery was poor, ghost writer and all.
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Sep 01, 2013 Simon Packham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting stuff about a difficult childhood in 1930s Rotherham and life as an unmarried mother in the 50s. Tails off a bit when her life gets happier!
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