Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine) by Margaret Humphreys

Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine)

By Margaret Humphreys

  • Release Date: 2011-03-25
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 22 Ratings
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In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. Up to 150,000 children, some as young as three years old, had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire, right up until as recently as 1970.

Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents were told that their children had been adopted. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Margaret and her team reunited thousands of families before it was too late, brought authorities to account, and worldwide attention to an outrageous miscarriage of justice.


  • Powerful book.

    By jasminetees
    Wow! I came across the film Oranges and Sunshine, and as a social worker student this caught my interest. I then did some research and discovered the book, and I read it straight away! I will be doing more research on the subject and try to watch all of the programmes inside the book. Really powerful read, and so horrid for what all those children went through and thank god it no longer happens!
  • Empty cradles

    By Cathykatykayla
    This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. Certainly opened my eyes.