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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. Philomena 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. With a foreword by Judi Dench, Martin Sixsmith's book is a compelling and deeply moving narrative of human love and loss, both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.


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    Title
    Philomena
    Subtitle
    The True Story of a Mother and the Son She Had to Give Away
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Sixsmith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 360 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781447245223
    ISBN 10: 1447245229
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
    BIC subject category V2: JP, BTP
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000, BIO000000
    DC23: 306.8740922
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Film tie-in ed
    Illustrations note
    illustrations (black and white)
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    10 October 2013
    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 Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary first to Harriet Harman, then to Alistair Darling and finally to Stephen Byers. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. He is the author of Philomena, as well as the novels Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh, and the non-fiction books Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System and The Litvinenko File: The True Story of a Death Foretold. He lives in London.