Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

#AdventCalendar Day 16 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #TheGapOfTime by Jeanette Winterson. A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. The … Continue reading

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Girl With Dove by Sally Bayley

#AdventCalendar Day 15 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #GirlWithDove #ALifeBuiltWithBooks by Sally Bayley Growing up in a dilapidated house by the sea where men were forbidden, Sally’s childhood world was filled with mystery and intrigue. Hippies trailed through the kitchen looking … Continue reading

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All the Good Things by Clare Fisher

#AdventCalendar Day 14 #orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #AllTheGoodThings by Clare Fisher. This is a story about redemption and hope. What if you did a very bad thing… but that wasn’t the end of the story. Twenty-one year old Beth is in … Continue reading

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Brixton Rock by Alex Wheatle

Advent Calendar – Day 13 – Orphans and Care Experience in fiction: Brixton Rock by Alex Wheatle Set against the backdrop of the Brixton race riots in London in the 1980s, this novel tells a story of overcoming obstacles from … Continue reading

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Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull

#AdventCalendar Day 12 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #SongOfTheSeaMaid by Rebecca Mascull. In the 18th century, Dawnay Price is an anomaly. An educated foundling, a woman of science in a time when such things are unheard-of, she overcomes her origins to … Continue reading

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

#AdventCalendar Day 11 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #EleanorOliphantIsCompletelyFine by Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. At the office where Eleanor has worked in … Continue reading

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The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

#AdventCalendar Day 10 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #TheGirlWithAllTheGifts by M.R. Carey The Girl With All The Gifts (2014) opens with ten year old, Melanie waiting in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun … Continue reading

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The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

#AdventCalendar Day 9 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech. The novel is about a missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. But … Continue reading

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My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal

#AdventCalendar Day 8 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #MyNameIsLeon by Kit de Waal. Brothers: mixed-race Leon & white Jake are separated in foster care. This is Leon’s story, he’s going to tell us how it really is. A book about … Continue reading

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Girl With Dove: A Life Built By Books by Sally Bayley

SALLY BAYLEY put herself into care aged fourteen and remains the only person to study at university from the West Sussex Care Service. She is currently a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of … Continue reading

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