Nobody's Child

What s your name Where were you born What is your date of birth Simple questions that we are asked throughout our lifeand shows what makes us who we really are.
Nobody s Child What s your name Where were you born What is your date of birth Simple questions that we are asked throughout our lifeand shows what makes us who we really are

  • Title: Nobody's Child
  • Author: Kate Adie
  • ISBN: 9780340840306
  • Page: 184
  • Format: None
  • 1 thought on “Nobody's Child”

    1. We (that is, humanity) has treated children shabbily for much of the time. For that matter, we've treated mothers and children shabbily, and also fathers. But when we're kids, we are especially vulnerable and expected to do what we're told and at the mercy of whatever stupid and cruel hypotheses, fads, social policies, wars, religions, etc are current at the time. This book describes some of those, and also gives interviews with individuals who have been foundlings. I would have liked more about [...]

    2. Really not impressed with this book but then I did have high hopes.I should probably start with saying what it isn't. It isn't a reflective book about the author's experiences of being adopted. It doesn't represent a cross section of people who have been adopted across the UK/time/the world's stories. It doesn't talk about current adoption practice particularly and how children are better informed and supported. It also isn't a heart felt read where there is a conclusion to often horrible circum [...]

    3. An informative well-written book depicting the stories of foundlings throughout history. Adie reflects on her own background as an adopted child to explore the nature of family and belonging, the need to know one's proper birth-date and original name at birth. She also explores the disturbing treatment of unwanted babies in different societies and highlights how many children can be given the promise of a better future with new families.

    4. A heartfelt expose written by a woman that was adopted as a child, but it centres on the issue of foundlings. The author peppers the book with some of her experience as a BBC journalist, she looks at past and present ways of dealing with foundlings, and also interviews a number of adults that were abandoned as babies. Very interesting and well worth reading.

    5. ollection of stories about people who were abandoned as babies, some famous names amongst them. Each chapter gives factual/historical information about illegitemacy, civil records, foundling hospitals, adoption from times past which was sometimes interesting but often boring. Also, some of the personal stories were a bit too shallow which somehow seemed disrespectful.

    6. Some of the stories in here are fascinating. But the rest of the text is so repetitive, so if you don't mind hearing the same three points over and over in slightly different words, then it could be worth a read.

    7. An interesting look at adoption which apart from stating some interesting facts about the social status of unmarried mothers over the ages, added nothing to the debate about orphanages. Would not recommend particularly.

    8. Latest book club read- an excellent choice. Well written, interesting and unexpected. A good mixture of research into the history of adoptions and foundlings with personal stories which really (and sometimes very poignantly) brought it to life.

    9. Excellent! I am usually a fiction reader but something caught my eye as I browsed the bookshelf and I was not disappointed. A mixture of her world-wide personal experiences and the personal reminisences of many 'foundlings' she has come across on her travels.

    10. I enjoyed this book. It tells the real life stories of foundlings throughout the world. It is the type of book that you can pick up and read a chapter at any time and come back to again. Well worth reading

    11. A new take on social history, and an important story that reflects on something horrific at the core of modernity.

    12. A fascinating and often harrowing investigation into what it means to be a foundling. Well worth reading.

    13. A fascinating, though heart-wrenching read. Adie writes about foundlings, and their displacement in life. A very thought provoking book which stayed with me long after finishing.

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