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Ten Doors Down: the story of an extraordinary adoption reunion

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The story of a federal ministers remarkable reunion with his birth parents.

Robert Tickner had always known he was adopted, but had rarely felt much curiosity about his origins. Born in 1951, he had a happy childhood raised by his loving adoptive parents, Bert and Gwen Tickner, in the small seaside town of Forster, New South Wales. He grew up to be a cheerful and confident
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Published February 4th 2020 by Scribe Publications
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Tickners sensitive portrayal of the woman at the heart of his story is a powerful refutation of an inhuman system that doomed generations of single mothers (described as of low intelligence if not actually retarded by doctors) and their children (the so-called clean slates) to the unimaginable misery of forced adoptions. Hundreds and thousands of families were touched by these policies. This moving memoir tells the exceptional story of one of them. FOUR STARS
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Diana
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very moving account of Robert Tickner's reconnection with his birth parents. Read this in less than 24 hours as it was so compelling.
Jim KABLE
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was in Canberra to welcome the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Australian based ICAN - the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. It was in 2018 - and a typical rightwing government (as we have had sadly for a number of years now in Australia) response being to absolutely ignore this important matter. Some ecologically aware citizen members of ICAN brought it to the national capital from Melbourne via a bicycle peloton. I had taken a bus
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Julia Kaylock
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
For all the superlatives in the book title and marketing blurbs (extraordinary, remarkable), I didnt find this book to be particularly outstanding. Maybe I have already read too many books about adoption. Maybe as an adoptee myself, I find this book a little unbelievable. I mean, everyone is simply too nice to be true. The bit that would have really interested me - how his birth mother came to be pregnant, why she couldnt keep the baby, how she experienced the birth and separation - are all ...more
Bronwyn Mcloughlin
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A poignant story about a man who, having enjoyed an idyllic childhood with loving adoptive parents, decides to find his birth parents before its too late. Only, this is no ordinary man hes a member of The Australian Federal parliament, a lawyer passionate about justice for the first peoples of Australia, and for the rights of adopted children and their parents forcibly separated to conform to social standards and morals of the 1950s. His adoption reunion is a happy story, full of amazing ...more
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