Oranges and Sunshine: Empty Cradles

Oranges and Sunshine: Empty Cradles

by Margaret Humphreys
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Oranges and Sunshine: Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys

Also published as Empty Cradles.

In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. Up to 150,000 children, some as young as three years old, had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire, right up until as recently as 1970.

Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents often believed that their children had been adopted in Britain. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Margaret reveals how she unravelled this shocking secret and how it became her mission to reunite these innocent and unwilling exiles with their families in Britain before it was too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781448125135
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date: 10/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 459,000
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Margaret Humphreys is the Director and founder of the Child Migrants Trust, supported by Nottinghamshire County Council. For her services on behalf of the child migrants, she was awarded the Order of Australia - one of only a few Britons ever to have been so honoured, and she was appointed CBE in the 2011 New Year Honours list . She lives in Nottingham with her husband and two children.

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Oranges & Sunshine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I had seen this movie on one of the movie channels. The story is one that I had never heard. When I discovered that this really happened, I had to have the book. What a sad and exciting tale. Very riveting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There have been several books in the past reporting tell all stories of abuse by authorities that were made up or so distorted that the author was actually sued and later said how she had made the "story" more interesting and didnt think anything wrong in creative editing buska