The Forgotten Children

One woman’s search to find her son uncovers the shocking truth about one of Britain’s darkest periods.

Struggling with the demons of her past, Emily is a children’s author with a dark secret, and a guilt that threatens to consume her.  For twenty years she has lived in Brighton, England, trying to forget the day they took her baby from her, just hours after he was born.  But now, in the summer of 1987, she decides to begin the search for her son. 

Emily takes refuge in a small town on the Isle of Anglesey to plan the search, where she meets Walter, a gentle stranger, who helps her with his words of wisdom and kindness.  But it is when she decides to return home to Hastings, that she really has to face her demons. 

Estranged from her parents when she was just sixteen, Emily is shocked by what her mother has to tell her about events that occurred before Emily was even born.

Beside her, throughout her search, is Emily’s beautiful Irish friend, Geraldine, recovering from her own sad experiences.  Together they uncover a truth that shocks them all.

The Forgotten Children draws the reader into lives affected by narrow-minded beliefs and blinkered thinking at the highest level. Children who weren’t allowed to be born, children who were abandoned, and children who were taken, forced to lead a life thousands of miles away from everyone and everything they knew – leaving scars that may never heal.

At its heart, The Forgotten Children is a story of survival, but the journey that Emily has to take is painful.  Even more so because she knows it was allowed to happen by individuals, religions and governments, who should have known better.

The Forgotten Children is also available as an audiobook – for more information see here.


**** ‘I was initially drawn to this book because of the location and time period. I was born and raised in Sussex so felt an infinity with the subject matter. Emily was possibly just a bit older than me but this poignant tale brushed me with the .. but for the love of, there go I …’

**** ‘Isabella Muir counterpoints two fictional stories: those of Emily, now seeking for a son she was forced to give away when she was just 16, and Patrick, who travels to England from Australia to find his brother. The stories may be fictional but in the hands of a skilled writer they serve to highlight the scandal of the child migrants and all its component parts: loss, grief, guilt and a sense of belonging nowhere.’

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