Book giveaway

Book giveaway

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago I ordered the book "Oranges and Sunshine" from the Book Depository in the UK.  However due to a poor memory, last weekend I was browsing in a secondhand bookstore and bought "Oranges and Sunshine".  Guess what - I now own two copies and I don't need two copies and I would like to give away the brand new book that arrived today.  

Below is the Amazon description - it is a very sad book about the deportation of 1000s of children from Britain.   For those in Australia, this is a story you will be familiar with, but for those in the USA, you may have never heard of this tragic part of modern British/Australian history. 

It is a a true story, but it would not be classified as Christian literature.

Please note: I am yet to read my copy, but from all that I have heard I believe that it is a suitable book. It may not be flattering towards the Catholic Church as their behaviour towards these young boys was unacceptable due to their treatment and sexual abuse that occurred in the institutions in Australia.

Book description (from Amazon.UK)

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.

Children being sent to Australia with a promise of a better life.

The movie was released this year and here is the youtube trailer:

If you are interested in this giveaway, 
please leave a message below and Ruby will select a winner.


Open to all my readers - happy to post anywhere on the planet.



  1. Hi Jo - I love the story about how you ended up with this book twice -that memory thing - it sure is a surprise sometimes! Its awfully nice of you to share this with your friends - so count me in as an entry. Most of my books are on my kindle or ipad - so when I read a "real" book - I pass it on to our new little library that just opened - keeps the sharing going~~


  2. Sounds interesting. I vaguely remember hearing something about this, but don't know much. As I'm always interested in things having to do with British history, sign me up please! Thanks for doing the give-away, Jo.

  3. This book sounds sad but interesting. I would love to read it
    and I can pass it on. Thanks for sharing. Aliene

  4. I saw a clip on TV about the movie. It looked good (I like Emily Watson), but to read the book would be even better.

    Please put me in the draw :o) Tasmania

  5. Goodness, no I've hever heard that story (I'm in the USA). How desperately sad. I never cease to be amazed at man's inhumanity to their fellow man.

  6. I've never heard of it either (I'm in the US too).

    Jo, I love the flowers over here! So good to pop in; thank you for stopping by recently!

  7. Yes, I know this history. The ABC has done several docos & mini~ series. The English have an apalling habit of doing this. At least the Aboriginals got to stay in their own country! I'm Scots descent so don't get me started. lol

  8. I've never heard this sad part of Britain/Australia's history. I would love to read the book!!

  9. I hope I am in time. I keep saying to myself "I need to enter Jo's giveaway," but I only got around to it today. The book looks really interesting. Have you seen the movie yet?

  10. Hi Bethany - just made it!! No I haven't seen the movie yet, my colleague at work did and found it very moving (and that was from a male). I am just about to start reading the book, so I hope not to many tissues are required.


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