Editorial Reviews. Review. “A story that defies belief.” —Independent. From the Publisher Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine) by [Humphreys, Margaret]. Margaret Humphreys, CBE, OAM (born ) is a British social worker and author from Empty Cradles, Humphreys’ account of the formation and early struggles of the Child Migrants Trust, was published in Its sales of 75, copies. Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine) by Margaret Humphreys, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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She does not set blame, but presents facts. A popular history book with the same title was published to coincide with the documentary.

Expecting that the Observer piece, published in Julywould bring many more migrants out of the woodwork, Humphreys established the Child Migrants Trust. But in my world I think that non-fiction stories need to be as well told as their fiction counterparts.

This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat Aug 30, Tracy Smyth rated it it was amazing. Review Text “The secrets of the lost children cradlew Britain may never have been revealed if it had not been for [the actions of] Margaret Humphreys.

Margaret also travelled overseas frequently to meet some of the “children” and documented their stories. It is difficult to write a review of a book which deals with such an inhumane and emotive subject.

She’s a social worker and margareg. It’s a first-person account of the British social worker who started a charity to help the Wow. And I remember thinking, at the time, that that ice has got to melt, has got to gently melt away and be replaced by something that has meaning, that gives the opportunity to have an understanding of your life and your childhood.

Not the past — that’s complex.

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The author isn’t a writer. Many ccradles told their parents were dead and parents being told the same about their children. An excellent account of a social worker in England discovering a shocking secret covered up for years by the British and Australian governments.

And that was quite a revelation, and quite a moment. The lies, the cover ups and the magnitude of the entire scheme are astounding. It was recommended to me by my mother in law, her father was one of these children. She couldn’t bear to be touched, or let her children go to carol services, because she couldn’t separate the church, any himphreys, from all the ill she had seen.

She lives in Nottingham with her husband and two children. Of a generation, at 65, that is often uncomfortable with our latter-day ease with self-reflection, she is made defensive, too, by requests to examine her motives and personal feelings. Humphreys, whose working days begin at 5am and often end 14 hours later, is a handsome and, at the moment, exhausted and slightly brittle woman.

Through the car window you can see my old house, the first one I bought! It was shocking to realise that Child migration was still happening when I migrated to Australia in the early s and even more so when she desc This book was an amazing insight into a long and ill conceived period of social engineering presided over by several governments and many powerful institutions and probably the most absorbing and informative books I have read in a long time.

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. While the movie was good, the book has so much more detail and depth. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

Joy when you read stories of children reunited with their mothers. Child Migrants Trust, registered charity no.

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This is an important book and the story should be made known, but put simply I was so irritated by Humphrey’s writing and her vendetta that it lost a lot of impact for me. It’s a very solid decent attempt to tell a complex story of human unhappiness. Views Read Edit View history. hu,phreys


I sobbed helplessly through quite a lot of this book, but despite the harrowing story, am very grateful to have had the opportunity, thanks to its author, of knowing about it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

As her husband so rightly points out, Margaret was indeed the right person in the right place at the right time and with an astonishing family. It was a solution to two social problems at once: One migrant told her that it was like “having a piece of ice inside you all the time. Lists What are lists? Her adoring child migrants – how often we are reminded that she alone is their only saviour!

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The story can come across as disjointed, but I thought it was really effective for this narrative. Corangamite Regional Library Corporation Humphresy. The discipline was severe and the pay was poor. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The author of this book started the Empth Migrant’s Trust to help reunite these children with theri mothers. I don’t doubt this is true, and I don’t denigrate or belittle anything, I just found it sickening.