In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated the case of a woman who claimed that, at the age of four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. Margaret Humphreys soon discovered that as many as 150,000 children had in fact been deported from children's homes in Britian and shipped off to a "new life" in distant parts of the Empire—the last as recently as 1967. For numerous children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse in institutions in Western Australia and elsewhere. Margaret Humphreys reveals how she gradually unravelled this shocking secret, how she became drawn into the lives of some of these innocent and unwilling exiles, and how it became her mission to reunite them with their families.
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'Brought tears to my eyes. It is impossible to read Empty Cradles without thinking "These could be my parents. These could be my children."... Despite the sadness and anger at its centre, hope remains the principal message of this remarkable book' - TERRY WAITE, THE TIMES
'A TRULY ASTONISHING, HAUNTING, REAL-LIFE DETECTIVE STORY' - She (Australia)
'THE SECRETS OF THE LOST CHILDREN OF BRITAIN MAY NEVER HAVE BEEN REVEALED IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR [THE ACTIONS OF] MARGARET HUMPHREYS' - Sunday Times
'IT IS A STORY THAT DEFIES BELIEF' - Independent
'A MODERN FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE' - Sydney Morning HeraldAbout the Author:
Margaret Humphreys is the Director and founder of the Child Migrants Trust, supported by Nottinghamshire County Council. For her services on behalf of the child migrants, she has been awarded the Order of Australia - one of only a few Britons ever to have been so honoured. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and two children.
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Descripción Transworld Publishers, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P11055214164X
Descripción Transworld Publishers, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX055214164X