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Description - Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs by Jane Eales

A simple need for her birth certificate leads Jane, aged 19, to a devastating secret: she is adopted. Stunned, Jane is sworn to secrecy and forbidden to search for her biological family - a promise she honours until the death of her adoptive parents. A heart-wrenching family crisis and a longing to know her origins then drive Jane to painstakingly research her roots in Rhodesia, Johannesburg, London, Berlin and Sydney. Who were her biological parents, and why had she been adopted? And who imposed the conditions for her adoption and why?Almost forty years after finding out about her adoption, Jane is welcomed warmly into her biological mother's family in London. Astonished, Jane is told her talented, complex and attractive mother was ga British spy sent to Arnhem in the Netherlands just prior to the 'Market Garden' airborne invasion during WWII. Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs interweaves the raw emotion of adoptee discovery, the heart-pounding threads of WWII espionage at Arnhem, and the author's poignant search for truth and identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780992527600
ISBN-10: 0992527600
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Middle Harbour Press Pty Ltd
Publisher: Middle Harbour Press Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 01-Oct-2014
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Jane Eales

Jane Eales Jane Eales was born in London and adopted into a family with a German refugee father, a British mother and a seven year old son. She grew up in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and when she was 18 she left home to live in Johannesburg, South Africa. A year later, Jane was told that she had been adopted as a 5 week old baby in London. This information was new to her and she was the only member of the family not to know. She married in Oxford, England, and after she and her husband returned to South Africa, she was encouraged by her husband to attend university. She studied social work. In 1980, wishing to leave Apartheid behind, the family moved to Sydney Australia. Not long after this, the eldest of their three children was diagnosed with a disability. His health deteriorated markedly as he entered adolescence and in 1990, Jane began to search for her biological family. It took fifteen years to find them. Using an intermediary in 2005, she met her half-brother for the first time at Canary Wharf in London and received a genuinely warm welcome. Thus began an amazing journey of discovery. Flooded with information, and as a way of making sense of everything, she began to write. As layers upon layers of her family history emerged, she was often asked ‘why don’t you write a book?’ Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs is the result. There was another unexpected outcome of her search for identity: in 2008, Jane began to draw and paint. This has since become a much loved source of peace and joy. (See Writing has always been an important part of her work, but Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs is her first book. Jane and her husband continue to live in Sydney with their children, grandchildren and friends.

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