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The Fiction of Entitlement By Julienne Dolphin Wilding
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Spanning three generations, the novel is divided into three parts: The first is set in the 19th Century and tells the true story of how the determined philanthropist and religious fanatic Dr. Thomas... More > Barnardo created alternative mothering and human rights for the destitute children of England. Thomas’s character is based principally on biographies and his voice is quoted from his memoirs. The second part tells how a lost girl, Ann becomes a resident in Barnardos Girls’ Village Home in 1935 until her departure to Canada as a ‘human parcel’ from Barnardo’s emigration scheme. She sets off hoping to be worldly and useful but is exploited by the unjust and terrifying demands of her foster family. The novel ends with the story of Ann’s daughter Evelyn who is raised in Barnardo’s care until 1953. Evelyn learns how to cope with injustices and disappointments during her institutionalised childhood. Archive photographs and drawings courtesy of Barnardos Charity.< Less

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