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    Profile photo of kai
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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

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    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.


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    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.

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    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.

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    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!!!

    Profile photo of kai
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    Joybel just found this thread again after so long. 😆

    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

    Cheers From Kai

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