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    Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine) (Paperback) By (author) Margaret Humphreys


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    DescriptionIn 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first 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 Empire, right up until as recently as 1970. Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents were told that their children had been adopted. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Margaret and her team reunited thousands of families before it was too late, brought authorities to account, and worldwide attention to an outrageous miscarriage of justice.

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  • An amazing story5

    Rose Hill I read this book years ago when it first came out and was very moved by it, I re-read it after seeing the movie and loved it even more. While the movie was good, the book has so much more detail and depth. It still astounds me that these children were treated in this fashion and it took so long for someone to tell their story. It is a sad and very emotional book. by Rose Hill

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    Hellen James This heartwrenching book is a must read, but be warned you will cry! by Hellen James

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