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    DescriptionWhen she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea, Co. Limerick, to be looked after as a fallen woman' and at the age of three her baby was whisked away and sold' to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising Never to Seek to Know' what the Church did with him, she never saw him again. She would spend the next fifty years searching for her son, unaware that he spent his life searching for her. Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top lawyer and then a Republican politician in the first Bush administration. But he was also gay and in 1980s Washington being out and proud was not an option. He not only had to conceal not only his sexuality, but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent in which he was born to plead with the nuns to tell him who his mother was, so that he might see her before he died. They refused. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the story of a mother and a son, whose lives were blighted by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.


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    Title
    The Lost Child of Philomena Lee
    Subtitle
    A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Sixsmith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780230744271
    ISBN 10: 0230744273
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBR
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: BT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21000
    BIC subject category V2: VFVK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 26
    BISAC V2.8: FAM034000
    LC classification: JA
    BISAC V2.8: BIO010000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 54
    DC22: 306.874092, 362.8298092
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: DNX, VFVK
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports.
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    MACMILLAN
    Publication date
    04 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Martin Sixsmith was born in Cheshire and educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he worked for the BBC, as the Corporation's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the British Government as Director of Communications. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. His previous books are The Litvinenko File, Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System and two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh.