Vermillion, London, 2006
When I was looking for my birth mother I couldn’t find any books that answered my biggest question: ‘Why did she feel she had no choice but to give me up?’ All I could find were misery memoirs or books for social workers. Neither did the job. I needed something accessible but serious that told the hidden story of adoption in Britain in the 20th century.
Meeting Steve Humphries and appearing in the ITV series of the same name, shown in 2005, gave me the chance to write the book I’d been looking for. But publishers have sales targets and they wanted my own search story to be a central part of it. I was very unsure. Could I write something so personal? Could I write it at all? I was persuaded I could, and I found a way to weave my story into the wider history of adoption.
I finally had my question answered, and I know from the letters I got afterwards, especially from women who’d given up their babies, that others had their questions and worries answered too. That’s the thing I think I’m most proud of.
“In this moving and inspiration memoir Sue Elliott tells her own story of being adopted in the 1950s, and her search, nearly forty years later, for her birth mother. Over the course of her emotional journey she draws on a range of intimate personal experiences and exposes the human consequences of adoption.”
“A book of family secrets, thwarted love and unexpected reunions. It tells stories that have been hidden far too long, and tells them beautifully. A marvellous book” – Bernard Cornwell
“Enthralling and informative” – Woman and Home
“This touching memoir will move all who read it.” – The Sun
“The Secret Sisters” – The Guardian
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