The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers by Angela Patrick

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The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers Read Online Free - London, 1963. Angela Patrick was 19 years old and pregnant. Being under 21, she was still under the governance of her parents, strict Catholics who sent her to an imposing-looking convent for unmarried mothers. At eight weeks, her son was taken away from her and put up for adoption. 30 years later, he contacted her and a reunion was arranged.

Title : The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers
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ISBN : 1849834903
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 275 pages


Gemma rated it ★★★☆☆

October 26, 2015

I very much enjoyed reading about the life of Angela - just how she ended up pregnant while unmarried, why the adoption went ahead and how she lived the rest of her life. The book is a quick read and feels like a very honest telling of Angela's story - no unnecessary dramatics or flourishes in th...

Maggie rated it ★★★★☆

May 27, 2016

As I was adopted in the mid fifties I was interested to read about the experiences of someone forced to give up her child in what I would have hoped was the slightly more enlightened mid sixties. Sadly I think the situation was much the same for Angela Patrick as it must have been for my own 'birt...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

September 08, 2012

It is hard to categorise this book as I did like it but the subject matter makes it very difficult to say that it was amazing. It is not one of those 'nice, comforting' books but a very gritty true story of a young woman who found herself pregnant outside of marriage in the 1960's when attitudes...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

June 03, 2015

I always struggle with reviewing memoirs because you can't really comment on the 'story' as it's real life and not something that someone made up, so obviously it's going to have loose ends and gaps and feel just the tiniest bit unsatisfying. Events in this book are told clearly and well, even th...

Angie rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, The way unmarried mothers, were treated,is disgusting! so small minded, As for the nuns! The nuns.were cruel,, showing no mercy, even though the bibles asks, for you to treat people as you would like them to treat you,, Well they didn't! A great eye opening story....

Beverley rated it ★★★★★

November 07, 2015

Fantastic story heart breaking well worth the read

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2015

This is Angela Patrick's heartbreaking true story about having her first child. I could not put this book down, it's so well written and full of emotion that you feel almost like you're there. I have to admit that before I had even finished reading this book I had the paperback version in my bask...

Shadey rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2014

This book is an incredible story. I came across this treasure while browsing at a Half Priced Books. I picked it up, being interested in the time period it took place in, and decided to purchase it, seeing as to how it was only $4. I LOVED it. It intrigued me from the very beginning. From page 1...

Jantina rated it ★★★★★

April 29, 2012

I needed to read this book to understand what my mother went through in the mid nineteen forties, although this book tells a story of a much later period. It is difficult for us today to understand why a devout Catholic family would put their public image and church first before supporting their...

Carole rated it ★★★★★

April 06, 2012

A very well written book, by the author, who went through so much emotional experience like many in her time. Angela was born a Catholic and as a teenager in the sixties committed the mortal sin of getting pregnant. In those days things were very different to now. Despite her good job she like many...

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