Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.
Now a major film starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
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Not what I expected
Probably not. Having seen the film, which dealt with Philomena's attempts to trace her son, I was very surprised to find a large section of the book was a semi-fictitious account of the childhood and career of Michael/Anthony, the majority of which had little or no bearing on the story of his adoption.
The Irish side of the story, dealing with the convent babies, how they were adopted and the trauma to both infants and mothers, then the attempts to re-unite them
This is the first one. It was passable, but to my mind a little one paced and most of the characters sounded the same.
No. If there is one, I shan't bother reading it.
Would be a lot better without the middle long centre section on Michael, which could have been dealt with in one or two chapters, and I found extremely boriing
- P J Young