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The Light in the Window

The Light in the Window

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By (author) June Goulding

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 18mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091902053
  • ISBN 13: 9780091902056
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New
  • Sales rank: 25,017

Product description

'I promised that I would one day write a book and tell the world about the home for unmarried mothers. I have at last kept my promise.' In Ireland, 1951, the young June Goulding took up a position as midwife in a home for unmarried mothers run by the Sacred Heart nuns. What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years. It was a place of secrets, lies and cruelty. A place where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads whilst heavily pregnant. Where they were denied any contact with the outside world; denied basic medical treatment and abused for their 'sins'; where, after the birth, they were forced into hard labour in the convent for three years. But worst of all was that the young women were expected to raise their babies during these three years so that they could then be sold - given up for adoption in exchange for a donation to the nuns. Shocked by the nuns' inhumane treatment of the frightened young women, June risked her job to bring some light into their dark lives. June's memoir tells the story of twelve women's experiences in this home and of the hardships they endured, but also the kindness she offered them, and the hope she was able to bring.

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June Goulding worked as a midwife in a 'home' for unmarried mothers in 1951. She is the mother of seven children and lives in Cork. The Light in the Window is her first book.

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"'I promised that I would one day write a book and tell the world about the home for unmarried mothers. I have at last kept my promise.'"