Stories that feature orphans or care experienced characters: 

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle*

A Conversation with Penny Parkes


A Conversation with Daniel Ingram-Brown

Bea’s Witch by Daniel Ingram-Brown*

A Conversation with Pam Jenoff

The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

One Christmas Night by Hayley Webster


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Island by Jane Rogers.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor.


Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.

My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal.

The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech.

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

Song Of The Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull.


Brixton Rock by Alex Wheatle.

All The Good Things by Clare Fisher.

The Gap Of Time by Jeanette Winterson.

The History Of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding

Stories For Homes, edited by Debi Alper and Sally Swingewood


The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Family Likeness by Caitlin Davies

Shadow Baby by Margaret Forster

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift.


The Panoptican by Jenni Fagan

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

The Good Guy by Susan Beale

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Orphans by Anne-Marie Neary


*Book Review by Jane Teather