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The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Book Review by Dee Michell The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman is a horror story! Set in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, 13-year-old German migrant Pia Lange is left with her 4-month old twin brothers after her mother … Continue reading

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Update to My Mum Tracy Beaker

Back in March, a conversation grew from the news that Jacqueline Wilson had written a sequel to the series of books about Tracy Beaker, My Mum Tracy Beaker. The book was described thus: Tracy, who in the 1991 bestseller chronicled … Continue reading

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Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Bitter Orange opens with Frances Jellico incarcerated, dying of an unnamed wasting disease though whether she is in a hospital, an asylum or prison is not clear. Only Victor, her friend, the once vicar of Lyntons parish visits, hoping she … Continue reading

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The Orphans by Annemarie Neary

Annemarie Neary’s novels are The Orphans (2017) and Siren (2016), both from Hutchinson/Windmill Books, and A Parachute in the Lime Tree (2012) from The History Press Ireland. Her short stories have been published in many places in Ireland, the UK … Continue reading

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Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary has worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. Her debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin (2014), won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015, and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The … Continue reading

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Top Twelve Reads 2016

My plan at the beginning of 2016 was to read Orphan Lit and review it. Here are some of my favourite reads, in no particular order, some reviewed and some not, from last year and nearly all of them feature … Continue reading

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Challenging the Care Leaver Stereotype

At the heart of the PhD research is the way children in care and care leavers are portrayed in society. Fiction has elements of real life, just as autobiography has elements of fiction. Saul Bellow once said that “Fiction is … Continue reading

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Why Care Leavers in Fiction?

It has become apparent that there are some people who do not know what a care leaver is. I admit I’m quite shocked. I thought in this age of constant news and media, we would have all come across the … Continue reading

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