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19403-koru_fave 24 Jul 2009 1:24pm #1
offline Kai

Member since 04 Jan 2008

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Read an excerpt somewhere recently on a book coming out in nz in May, about a child bought up in an orphanage in South Island . Not positive on the title Anne someone was the author I think???anyone know of it please??

Cheers Kai

Blank 06 Oct 2009 8:45am #2
offline kiwi4

Member since 25 Mar 2008

Member from Omokoroa

Posts: 9

Hi Kai,
I have found the title of the bk you are looking for.

Say Sorry
A Harrowing Childhood in Catholic Orphanages

By Ann Thompson

Conceived out of wedlock in 1941, Ann was just two months old when she was placed in the care of a Catholic orphanage in Christchurch, New Zealand.

True and sad story.


9005-joy_2 06 Oct 2009 10:32am #3
offline Joybel

Member since 02 Nov 2006

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Posts: 31406

I spent some time in Nazareth when I was eight. I also know two women around my age who were there from 9 through to 18 years. Neither have a bad thing to say about it. I was very unhappy but my visit was for two weeks not 10 years. I had a family and parents, to go home to.

21112-Mums_photos_002 24 Oct 2009 7:02pm #4
offline Gisbo

Member since 11 Mar 2008

Member from Gisborne

Posts: 100

I have just finished reading "Mao's Last Dancer" which I would heartily recommend. It is written by Li Cunxin who was brought up in Communist China and was chosen, along with a few others from all over China, to learn Ballet and other dances. He was sent away from home at age eleven and missed his mother and family terribly, but he persevered because he did not want to let down the family and his tutors etc. He now lives in Melbourne.
Another enjoyable book is "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett which gives one an insite on black maids in Mississippi, who look after white folks children, virtually bringing them up. They also cook and do all the housework. Well worth the read.

36440-P1010804 10 Oct 2010 2:04pm #5
offline ansy pansy

Member since 22 May 2009

Member from Opotiki

Posts: 5309

Probably a bit late to be making a comment here, as the last post was made in Oct 2009, but I couldn't help doing a double take when I saw the name of the author of Say Sorry. Ann Thompson. That was my grandmother's maiden name!!!

19403-koru_fave 10 Oct 2010 11:06pm #6
offline Kai

Member since 04 Jan 2008

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Posts: 5242

Joybel just found this thread again after so long. lol

Still havent managed to get the book here but we also have a relative thru marriage who did lots of years there, along with other younger friends, who also spent time there as well.

Some happy ,some not so Happy.......

2 weeks ,,wouldve felt like a long time as a littlie,,,,,that was nice that you had a loving home to go to..

Some did also,,,and still were kept there,,,, due to the laws of the day....

Hope to be able to get the book,, in next few months

Cheers Kai


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