The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames

The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames

Documents the author's investigation into her late mother's tragic experiences as an illegitimate orphan who endured an early life of discrimination, physical abuse and harsh labor serving England's ruling class at London's infamous ...

Author: Justine Cowan

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 0062991019

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A riveting family drama evocative of Angela's Ashes and The Glass Castle, about a woman who discovers the shocking secret at the center of her mother's life. Justine had always been told that her mother came from royal blood. The proof could be found in her mother's elegance, in the uppercrust London accent she had never shed--and in a cryptic letter hinting at her claim to a country estate. But beneath the polished veneer lay a fearsome, unpredictable temper that drove Justine from home the moment she was old enough to escape. Years later, when her mother sent her an envelope filled with secrets from a past that had never been spoken about, Justine buried it in the back of an old filing cabinet. After her mother's death, overcome with grief, Justine found herself drawn back to that envelope. Its contents revealed a mystery that would stretch back to the early years of World War II and lead her across the Atlantic Ocean to discover a truth she could scarcely imagine. Her mother did not grow up among London's elite, but had been raised in the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children, commonly known as the Foundling Hospital. Established in the eighteenth century to raise "bastard" children to clean chamber pots for England's ruling class, the Foundling Hospital was tied to some of the most influential historical figures and events. From its role in the development of solitary confinement and human medical experimentation to the creation of the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hospital's impact on Western culture continues to reverberate. It was also the environment that shaped a young girl then known as Dorothy Soames, who bravely withstood years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a sadistic headmistress--a resilient child who dreamed of escape as German bombers reigned death from the skies, unaware that her own mother was fighting to get her back. Heartbreaking, surprising, and unforgettable, The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is the true story of one woman's quest to understand the secrets that had poisoned her mother's mind, and her startling discovery that her family's fate had been sealed centuries before. --Christina Baker Kline, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train
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The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames

The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames

Praise for The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames: 'As a social history of the Foundling Hospital, this is a fascinating read' SUNDAY TIMES 'Page-turning and profoundly moving' VIRGINIA NICHOLSON 'Part-memoir, part-detective story, The Secret ...

Author: Justine Cowan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349013169

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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The true story of a foundling. 'Extraordinary ... A fascinating, moving book: part history of the Foundling Hospital and the development of child psychology, part Cowan's own story, and part that of Cowan's mother' LUCY SCHOLES, TELEGRAPH Growing up in a wealthy enclave outside San Francisco, Justine Cowan's life seems idyllic. But her mother's unpredictable temper drives Justine from home the moment she is old enough to escape. It is only after her mother dies that she finds herself pulling at the threads of a story half-told - her mother's upbringing in London's Foundling Hospital. Haunted by this secret history, Justine travels across the sea and deep into the past to discover the girl her mother once was. Here, with the vividness of a true storyteller, she pieces together her mother's childhood alongside the history of the Foundling Hospital: from its idealistic beginnings in the eighteenth century, how it influenced some of England's greatest creative minds - from Handel to Dickens, its shocking approach to childcare and how it survived the Blitz only to close after the Second World War. This was the environment that shaped a young girl then known as Dorothy Soames, who was left behind by a mother forced by stigma and shame to give up her child; who withstood years of physical and emotional abuse, dreaming of escape as German bombers circled the skies, unaware all along that her own mother was fighting to get her back. The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is a gripping memoir and revelatory investigation into the history of the Foundling Hospital and one girl who grew up in its care - the author's own mother. Praise for The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames: 'As a social history of the Foundling Hospital, this is a fascinating read' SUNDAY TIMES 'Page-turning and profoundly moving' VIRGINIA NICHOLSON 'Part-memoir, part-detective story, The Secret Life Of Dorothy Soames will break your heart then piece it back together again ... Simultaneously exploring her mother's story of escape and the history of the Foundling Hospital, this is an unforgettable read' STYLIST 'A gripping true story' CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN 'Breathtaking' ADRIENNE BRODEUR, bestselling author of WILD GAME
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Summary of Justine Cowan s The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames

Summary of Justine Cowan s The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book.

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 9781669389460

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 When I was 19, I learned that my mother had a secret that she had been trying to hide. She had been driving to the hospital when my father caught up with her, and she said she had to go to court. #2 I grew up in a house filled with luxury and status, but I escaped to Berkeley, where I felt comfortable and alive. I was always looking for signs of disarray in my mother’s house, in hopes that it would reveal the truth about her life.
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Wisconsin Library Bulletin

Wisconsin Library Bulletin

To her come two wandering country women , both widows , who hide , it is apparent , some dread secret . ... When he comes to himself in a ship's cabin , the man who becomes known as Jasper Soames has no memory of his former life .

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Biography . Writer . Writer . Publs : Anastasia : The Riddle of Anna Anderson , 1983 ; American Cassandra : The Life of Dorothy Thompson , 1990 . Add : 985 North Ave. , H - 6 , Burlington , Vt . 05401 , U.S.A. KURTZ , Katherine .

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Publisher: Saint James Press

ISBN: 1558620931

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Last Hope Island

Last Hope Island

Dorothy Shipley White, Seeds of Discord: De Gaulle, Free France, and the Allies (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse ... “Papa is at a very”: Mary Soames, Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002), 415.

Author: Lynne Olson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780812997361

Category: History

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A groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as “Last Hope Island.” Getting there, one young emigré declared, was “like getting to heaven.” In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive “H7” monogram became a symbol of his country’s resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible. Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans’ heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans’ reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations—gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe—that helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion. A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olson’s bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island recalls with vivid humanity that brief moment in time when the peoples of Europe stood together in their effort to roll back the tide of conquest and restore order to a broken continent. Praise for Last Hope Island “In Last Hope Island [Lynne Olson] argues an arresting new thesis: that the people of occupied Europe and the expatriate leaders did far more for their own liberation than historians and the public alike recognize. . . . The scale of the organization she describes is breathtaking.”—The New York Times Book Review “Last Hope Island is a book to be welcomed, both for the past it recovers and also, quite simply, for being such a pleasant tome to read.”—The Washington Post “[A] pointed volume . . . [Olson] tells a great story and has a fine eye for character.”—The Boston Globe
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Burning Man

Burning Man

A father with an unspeakable secret, a distant mother, a mystical experience with a Native American, a childhood trauma ... to drop his libel charge against the Marquess of Queensberry and where Max Beerbohm encountered Enoch Soames.

Author: Frances Wilson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408893630

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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**LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE** **SHORTLISTED FOR THE DUFF COOPER PRIZE** PICKED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, SPECTATOR, DAILY TELEGRAPH, NEW STATESMAN, MAIL ON SUNDAY AND TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'Frances Wilson writes books that blow your hair back. She makes Lawrence live and breathe, annoy and captivate you ... she conjures the past with such clarity and wit and flair that it feels utterly present' Katherine Rundell 'A brilliantly unconventional biography, passionately researched and written with a wild, playful energy' Richard Holmes _____________________ D H Lawrence is no longer censored, but he is still on trial – and we are still unsure what the verdict should be, or even how to describe him. History has remembered him, and not always flatteringly, as a nostalgic modernist, a sexually liberator, a misogynist, a critic of genius, and a sceptic who told us not to look in his novels for 'the old stable ego', yet pioneered the genre we now celebrate as auto-fiction. But where is the real Lawrence in all of this, and how – one hundred years after the publication of Women in Love - can we hear his voice above the noise? Delving into the memoirs of those who both loved and hated him most, Burning Man follows Lawrence from the peninsular underworld of Cornwall in 1915 to post-war Italy to the mountains of New Mexico, and traces the author's footsteps through the pages of his lesser known work. Wilson's triptych of biographical tales present a complex, courageous and often comic fugitive, careering around a world in the grip of apocalypse, in search of utopia; and, in bringing the true Lawrence into sharp focus, shows how he speaks to us now more than ever. 'No biography of Lawrence that I have read comes close to Burning Man' Ferdinand Mount, author of Kiss Myself Goodbye 'The most original voice in life-writing today' Lucasta Miller, author of Keats
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New York Magazine

New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.
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S. L. , & c . , Author of Life of the Marquis of Worcester , ' Life of Samuel Hartlib , ' & c . ... Esq . Joseph Trueman Mills , Esq . John Morley , Esq . John Thornton Rogers , Esq . George Smith , Esq . Stephen Soames .

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The Saturday Review of Politics  Literature  Science and Art

LIFE . With numerous Engravings on Wood , price 11s . 6d . " Mr. Johnston's book is a book for the people ; there is hardly a fact or a principle that it would not be for the benefit of the richest as well as the poorest to know .

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