Philomena: The True Story of a Mother and the Son She Had to Give Away

Philomena: The True Story of a Mother and the Son She Had to Give Away

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By (author) Martin Sixsmith

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 32mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1447245229
  • ISBN 13: 9781447245223
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Film tie-in ed
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 2,540

Product description

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent 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. Philomena's son 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. This is the Film Tie-In edition of Martin Sixsmith's moving book. The film stars Dame Judi Dench, and is currently scheduled for Boxing Day release.

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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.