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Philomena by Martin Sixsmith 

(Now a major film starring Judy Dench and Steven Coogan)

As a teenager in Ireland in 1952 Philomena Lee fell pregnant and was sent to a convent – a ‘fallen woman’. For three years after her son was born she cared for him there. Then the Church took him away and sold him, like countless others, for adoption in America.

This is the story of Philomena and her search for the son she never stopped loving. It is a tale of lives scarred by hypocrisy and secrecy,a compelling narrative of human love and loss – heartbreaking, yet ultimately redemptive.