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    DescriptionWhen she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic. Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he 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 where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved. "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred 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: 356
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 360 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330518369
    ISBN 10: 0330518364
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB, 1DBR
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Libri: ENGM1075, IRLA5018
    BIC subject category V2: VFVK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026010, POL000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBR
    DC22: 306.8740922
    BISAC V2.8: FAM004000
    Thema V1.0: DNB, VFVK
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports.
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    21 May 2010
    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.