Skip to main content

You are in:

Home Large Print Books Non-fiction Philomena

Philomena (large print)
Martin Sixsmith

Philomena

  • Format: Largeprint - paperback
  • Released: 1 November 2013
  • Publisher: W F Howes Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781471246746
  • Category: Large Print Books Non-fiction
  • Availability: A print-on-demand title (usually dispatched in 10 - 14 working days)
  • Our Price: 23.50
  • Format(mm): 240x160
(You can remove it later)
 

Book summary

When 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.

 

Other books by Martin Sixsmith

Large print

 

 

Other categories worth exploring

 

You may wish to read our delivery charge and refund policies.

Not ready to buy just yet? Bookmark this page and come back any time you want!

Large Print
Special Offers


Suggested
reading

Check out these great reading suggestions:


Large Print
Best Sellers