Author Archives: Rosie Canning

Jae-Dee Survives the Home of Many Mothers by Jae-Dee Collier

Book Review by Dee Michell For days I have been haunted by Jae-Dee Collier’s story, Jae-Dee Survives the Home of Many Mothers. Partly the haunting comes from memories when I lived close to the Goodwood Orphanage in Millswood, an inner … Continue reading

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No One Was Watching by Annie Horner

Book Review by Dee Michell Annie Horner’s 2018 book, No One Was Watching, opens with a short story—’A New Kitchen’—reflective of her own first encounter with ‘Forgotten Australians’. Horner was at a party when she overheard a woman talking about … Continue reading

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Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

Day 26: Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland THIS BOOKSHOP KEEPS MANY SECRETS . . . Lost for Words (2017) features a care experienced character who is intelligent, articulate, a lover of words and books and of course feisty, vulnerable … Continue reading

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The Panoptican by Jenni Fagan

#AdventCalendar Day 25 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #ThePanoptican by Jenni Fagan Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce, but she is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever … Continue reading

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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

#AdventCalendar Day 24 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #MotheringSunday by Graham Swift. How will Jane, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will … Continue reading

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

#AdventCalendar Day 23 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo by Stieg Larsson As a child, Lisbeth Salander was declared ‘legally incompetent’ and was under the care of legal guardian Holgar Palmgren, one of the few people in the world she trusted. After being … Continue reading

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

#AdventCalendar Day 22 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #HomeFire by Kamila Shamsie Home Fire (2018), retells the Greek myth, Antigone (441BC), by Sophocles as the story of two British-Pakistani families. A tragedy about radicalisation in modern London. Orphans, Isma (Ismene), and Aneeka (Antigone) live in Wembley with … Continue reading

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Shadow Baby by Margaret Forster

#AdventCalendar Day 21 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #ShadowBaby by Margaret Forster Shadow Baby (1996) by Margaret Forster, explores the social changes of babies born out of wedlock at the end of the 19th Century and in the 1950s. Born in … Continue reading

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Family Likeness by Caitlin Davies

#AdventCalendar Day 20 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #FamilyLikeness by Caitlin Davies In a small Kent town in the 1950s, a bewildered little girl is growing up. Ostracised because of her colour, she tries her best to fit in, but nobody wants … Continue reading

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

#AdventCalendar Day 19 #Orphans and #CareExperience in fiction: #The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe Moll begins life as an orphan, and her life will in fact be defined, from start to finish, as one of … Continue reading

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