The Throwaway Children (Diney Costeloe, 2015) caught my eye when I was looking for something new to read. I love books set in the war, and although this was set just after, a key focus in the story is the effect the war had on Britain, and Britain’s children.
The story is set around two young girls, Rita, 9 and her sister Rosie, 5. Their father was killed in the war, and their mother Mavis has met a new man, a violent bully, who does not want her children. Pressured by her new husband, Mavis agrees to send her children away to a children’s home and signs away all legal rights to these children. As the book goes on, it follows the struggles in Rita and Rosie’s lives, and the lives of the people around them.
It was a very honest book, with the title being sadly accurate. The implication that children were disposable was pretty heart-breaking. It was one of those stories when, as I was reading (I don’t want to give anything away!) I found myself actually shaking my head, wondering when things would get better for the characters in the book.
This book was very well written. There was the odd moment when I found it hard to follow because the narrative jumps quite quickly, but it was hugely enjoyable. It was an emotional book, and as soon as I finished it, I instantly started researching the history behind it.
It’s a pretty gritty read – not a lie-by-the-pool lazy holiday book, but definitely worth reading. If you want to give it a go, you can order it here from Amazon.
I’m currently on the hunt for something new to read, so any recommendations are welcome!
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