Bessborough: Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage. (Paperback)
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Bessborough: Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage. (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 06/04/2023
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'I read Bessborough in one sitting, veering from fury to devastation within a matter of pages. A vitally important book.' Louise O'Neill

'Vivid and powerful' CAELAINN HOGAN

'I loved this book for its sheer honesty' CATHERINE CORLESS

'A powerfully important book that demands to be read' Irish Examiner

For over seventy years, Bessborough House, a grand country mansion on the outskirts of Cork city, operated as one of Ireland's biggest mother and baby institutions. Women and girls who walked up its stone steps were warned never to reveal their true identities and gave birth to babies they would not be allowed to keep.


In Bessborough: Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage, a trio of remarkable women confined there in the 60s, 70s and 80s, tell their truths. Their vivid accounts take us right inside the walls of the secretive institution and give us a deep insight into how their experiences impacted their lives afterwards.

The result is a stark portrait of a system that split families apart -- and a moving account of love, loss and reconnection.

'Bessborough will break many a heart. Deirdre Finnerty tells the three stories with compassion, empathy and precision, resulting in an emotionally devastating, vital book' IRISH TIMES

Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
ISBN: 9781529340396
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 200 x 136 x 28 mm

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“An important book that centres survivors' voices”

Deirdre Finnerty's Bessborough provides an accessible and engaging entry into the history of institutionalisation in Ireland. The voices and experiences of three women who survived Bessborough Mother and Baby... More

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“Don't miss this this one.”

I used to live by this establishment for a short while whilst I lived in cork. I heard dark stories from locals about the place . This book affirms those rumours . Great book. Really well written. Clear font, short... More

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