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The Last Foundling: A little boy left behind, The mother who wanted him back (English Edition) von [Mackenzie, Tom H.]
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A deeply moving memoir from one of the last children to be taken in by the Foundling Hospital, London.

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When she fell pregnant in London in 1938, Jean knew that she couldn't keep her baby. The unmarried daughter of an elder in the Church of Scotland, she would shame her family if she returned to the north in such a condition. Scared and alone in a city on the brink of war, she begged the Foundling Hospital to give her baby the start in life that she could not.

The institution, which had been providing care for deserted infants since the eighteenth century, allowed Jean to nurse her son for nine weeks, leaving her heartbroken when the time came to let him go.

But little Tom knew nothing of her love as he grew up in the Foundling Hospital - which, during years of the Second World War, was more like a prison than a children's home. Locked in and subject to public canings and the sadistic whims of the older boys, there was no one to give him a hug, no one to wipe away his tears.

A true story of desertion and neglect, this is also a moving account of survival from one of the very last foundlings. It stands as a testament to the love that ultimately led a family back together.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4788 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 329 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pan; Auflage: Main Market Ed. (13. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HPYMV0Q
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen 4 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #140.797 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Being myself an illegitimate child born at the end of WWII who was later adopted and suffered greatly during a cruel and loveless childhood and youth, I found this book fascinating. May those days never return when women were forced to give up their children because they had 'sinned' and brought 'shame' on their families! In spite of his many trials and tribulations Tom Mackenzie survived, made good - and found his birth parents. His description of meeting his mother for the first time when he was an young adult rang true with me, as it reflected personal experience. This is an excellent, thought-provoking, honest book which I can highly recommend.
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Mr Mackenzie, to this wonderful and well-written book. Despite the quite troublesome childhood you showed that you finally made it. So everybody can do it. What a great story to tell. Loved to read that the circle of life closed, about your parents coming back together after all those years.
Your fabulous book reminds me about another great story,"The power of one" from Bryce Courtenay, which I favor a lot.
Best wishes to the future!
Very advisable to read!!
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Tom Mackenzie has given a very clear account of his life without being bitter about it. I found it very touching and could feel his longing to have a family without experiencing any melodrama. In very simple and forgiving language he has conveyed his innermost sentiments. His photograph in the book gives an impression of having come to terms with everything and moving forward. Sounds like a very optimistic person. I strongly recommend this book
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Einfühlsam und packend geschrieben. Erschreckend, daß solche Verhältnisse noch bis vor kurzem herrschten! Es ist unverständlich, wie Kinder mit solch einem Hintergrund noch "normal" funktionieren.
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HASH(0x9405dfd8) von 5 Sternen Something about this book 11. April 2014
Von Richard G. Redfern - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a very well written account of one persons life from birth to being passed into the childcare system then on to foster care and not being able to see or even know who his real mother was. It's not a system that is still in place today and it worked very well. Not the kindest place to be but better than a lot of the alternatives. He does finally find his birth mother but it's the journey that makes the story.
The system used in the UK is different from what is used in the US so it might be of value and interest to give it a read. It is so wonderfully written that you find yourself wanting to know more and more. Not a particularly long book but certainly an entertaining one and a look back into the past.
Maybe I'm just old but I loved reading it. I highly recommend this book and I highly commend Mr. Mackenzie for writing it.
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HASH(0x95810d5c) von 5 Sternen Excellent story. 22. Mai 2014
Von K. Budden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very well written story of life at The Foundling Hospital where I was raised 4 years earlier, Tom Mackenzie did in no way exaggerate, he wrote from his heart and I whilst I found it most interesting, I believe non foundlings will be shocked at the treatment foundlings had to suffer. A very good read...
HASH(0x944ac8ac) von 5 Sternen Excellent book - very well written - engaging true story 4. Februar 2016
Von bettybargains - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was a great book written by a man in his 70's about the hardships he endured being raised in the late 30's-40's as an orphan when his unwed mother had to make the very difficult decision to give him up temporarily shortly after his birth until she could be reunited with his father. The chapters are divided between Tom's story and that of his mother, Jean, who never gave up hope of being reunited with her beloved son.

This precious little boy was initially raised by a loving foster mother until the age of 5 when he was taken to be raised in a very strict institution with other children. The children were provided for with food, lodging, clothing, and religious instruction, but were denied love and affection. The author details the things that were later learned by those in charge about how traumatic and difficult that sort of environment is on a child and how it affects them long-term. Children need more than the bare necessities -- they need love, affection, comfort, and mothering -- not a cold, sterile environment full of endless rules and regiment.

While little Tom yearned for the love of his mother, he was fortunate to come into contact with a few individuals during his childhood who showed him kindness and love. He goes on to talk about his struggles away from the institution from his teen years to adult when he gets a job in the work place and then joins the service, and how he was finally reunited with his mother, father, and other family members when he was 20 years old. The epilogue tells a little more of the story.

This book was very well written and engaging. Thank you Mr. Mackenzie for sharing your story.
HASH(0x93fc5a68) von 5 Sternen A true story, and I got to see more ... 7. August 2014
Von Pauline Lewis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A true story, and I got to see more of an insight, because I have a friend who was at the same foundling home. We need to learn from the past to know what is most important in taking care of children.
HASH(0x94228cf0) von 5 Sternen A can't-put-it-down book. 1. Juni 2016
Von Ghislaine Dean - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very touching and revealing. We can all learn what NOT to do with foundling children from this book. I love the ending!
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