Jane Robinson’s account of illegitimacy between WW1 and the Swinging Sixties: unmarried mothers considered immoral, single fathers feckless and bastard children inherently defective; long silent voices from the workhouse, the Magdalene Laundry and the distant mother-and-baby home; anonymous childhoods in the care of Dr Barnardo or a Child Migration scheme halfway across the world; but supportive families, defying social expectations, welcomed ‘love-children’ home, and those once parted were reconciled.
Jane Robinson read English at Somerville College, Oxford, and was in the antiquarian book trade in London before her first book Wayward Women. She is now a lecturer and writer specialising in social history through women’s eyes. Her broadcasting highlights include BBC One’s The One Show, and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Excess Baggage. She contributes articles to – amongst others – The Times, The Independent, The Times Literary Supplement, and Nursing Standard. Her other books include Bluestockings (2009) and A Force to be Reckoned With, which she presented to a delighted Chipping Campden audience in 2014.