Title: Relative Strangers
Authors: Murdoch, Pip
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 256
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: When student nurse Pip Murdoch became pregnant while unmarried, she found herself in 1970 in a position shared by many young women of the time, in needing to give her child up for adoption. However, with changing societal attitudes and with the advent of the 1985 Adult Adoption Information Act, she was able to successfully search for her son, and embark on a fledgling relationship with him.

Unflinchingly honest, this touching and very personal story lays bare the author's experiences of the adoption circle as well as painting a vivid picture of life in the conservative New Zealand of the 1960s.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A simply told and well-written book."

"The book gives a fascinating background on life in the 1960s. It's hard now to imagine what it was like for unwed mothers in those times."

"A very personal, touching and honest account." "It's an easy-read. It took only a few hours to complete."

"A very honest story. It describes the selfishness of a teenager vividly."

"I myself was adopted and was keen to read this book. Some however may find it traumatic to read, bringing up old memories."

"It reads well, is not repetitive and is informative."

Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Gender Issues, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, 2022 Titles


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By: INVER 001 2021-09-20 14:54:57
All of us found this a very interesting (although disturbing!) read, and well-written. Being all of a similar age to the author, we all knew someone who had had a similar experience back in the late 60s/early 70s!

By: NEWP 018 2021-09-08 09:41:36
Because we didn't have a meeting this month there was very limited discussion. Suffice to say, everybody loved the book. To several of us it brought back poignant memories of our young adulthood.

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