Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs

Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs : Unravelling Mysterious Family Connections Behind a Secret Adoption

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A simple need for her birth certificate leads Jane, aged 19, to a devastating secret: she is adopted. Stunned, Jane is sworn to secrecy and forbidden to search for her biological family - a promise she honours until the death of her adoptive parents. A heart-wrenching family crisis and a longing to know her origins then drive Jane to painstakingly research her roots in Rhodesia, Johannesburg, London, Berlin and Sydney. Who were her biological parents, and why had she been adopted? And who imposed the conditions for her adoption and why? Almost forty years after finding out about her adoption, Jane is welcomed warmly into her biological mother's family in London. Astonished, Jane is told her talented, complex and attractive mother was a British spy sent to Arnhem in the Netherlands just prior to the 'Market Garden' airborne invasion during WWII. Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs interweaves the raw emotion of adoptee discovery, the heart-pounding threads of WWII espionage at Arnhem, and the author's poignant search for truth and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 413g
  • Middle Harbour Press Pty Ltd
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0992527600
  • 9780992527600
  • 231,621

About Jane Eales

Now an award winning author, Jane was born and adopted in London, in 1947. Her family emigrated to Zimbabwe, where she grew up, and at 18 she left home to live in South Africa. She met Rob there, and they married in Oxford, returned to South Africa. She graduated as a social worker and ten years later in 1980, they emigrated with their family to Sydney Australia. She met her biological family in 2005. As a way of making sense of the flood of information, she began to write. As layer upon layer of family history emerged, she was often asked 'why don't you write a book?' and Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs is the result. A serendipitous outcome in her search for identity emerged in 2008 when she began to draw and paint.Jane and her husband live in Sydneyshow more

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