Relative Strangers is a history of adoption in Britain, and the true-life tale of the seventy-one-year-old Hodder triplets. The book tells the unique and moving story of how the triplets, adopted as babies in 1932, were reunited in June 2001 - the first time the three of them had been together since their birth. Their life stories and how they found each other again are interspersed with the story of adoption, which began as a legal phenomenon in the UK in 1926. The book also describes the twenty-five-year legal battle fought by NORCAP (the National Organisation for the Counselling of Children and Parents) to change the adoption laws, which helped to bring the triplets, and other adoptees, together again. Hunter Davies is one of Britain's most sympathetic and thoughtful interviewers, and the author of over thirty books. He has interviewed the triplets at length and has had access through NORCAP to other case histories, which are themselves profoundly affecting
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Little, Brown Book Group
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In his latest book, Hunter Davies examines the history of adoption in Britain in fascinating detail, charting its development from an informal arrangement between families with perhaps the local GP on hand to give advice, through the Dr Barnardo's years, to the founding of NORCAP (National Organisation for the Counselling of Children and Parents) and its desperate fight to change the adoption laws. This is not, however, a dispassionate account. On the contrary, Relative Strangers is also the story of the Hodder triplets, separated at birth after the death of their mother, until their eventual reunion nearly seventy years later. This absorbing account chronicles the histories of the triplets, and their other siblings, interspersing their personal story with insights into the adoption process though the years. Davies gives us an intensely moving human interest story, yet provides a wealth of information which will be of value and interest to anyone with a personal interest in adoption. Davies' years of experience as an interviewer and journalist have borne fruit in this sensitive and sympathetic book; his attention to detail and quest for accuracy are matched by the sheer readability of this moving book. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Hunter Davies
Hunter Davies has written three modern classics - A Walk Around the Lakes, The Glory Game and the authorised biography of The Beatles. A former editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, he is one of Britain's great newspaper interviewers.