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The Throwaway Children Audiobook

The Throwaway Children

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Publisher's Summary

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage.

It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

©2015 Diney Costeloe (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Diney Costeloe has tackled an important subject. We should never forget this terrible injustice!" (John Humphreys)

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    Donna 11/05/2016
    Donna 11/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it"

    What a realistic storey ive heard many similar storeys from my grandparents the book and narrator took me there

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue T 10/05/2016
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    "An absolutely gripping tale"

    You won't want to pause this story too often! Beautifully read so that the characters' form in your mind as you get swept along with the lives of Rita and her sister Rosie and the series of unfortunate events which split the family apart.
    I laughed with them and cried with them and willed them along when up against seemingly impossible odds to survive against a cruel world.
    A story of love, life, courage. survival and family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Browne 04/05/2016
    Kim Browne 04/05/2016
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    "Wow!"

    One of those books that had me forgoing sleep to keep following the story, AND crying my eyes out at various times! Tragic, horrifying, gutsy, and far too real!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "could not stop listening"

    loved this book. narrated wonderfully she gad you there and in the moment. tears flowed many many times

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marina 29/01/2016
    Marina 29/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    great story! The narrator reminds me of an old school teacher, doesnt suit the story at all

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 28/11/2016
    Sheila 28/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "throw away children"

    loved it! brought tears to my eyes
    so moving and real. a first class book.

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    lynne p smith 05/11/2016
    lynne p smith 05/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "really enjoyable, believable story line.well read."

    I really liked the narrators tone . it held your interest. She manages different characters brilliantly.


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    Amazon Customer 28/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely wonderful story "

    Loved it. So well written that the story impacts ones emotions and so very hard to put down. O highly recommend The Throw away Children.

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  • Jeannette
    26/08/15
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    "A Gripping Book"
    Would you listen to The Throwaway Children again? Why?

    No. The story is unforgettable so I would not want to listen again but I would listen to any other book written by this author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Throwaway Children?

    There are so many. I'm a happy ever after kind of lady so enjoyed Gran reading the letter from a grown up Rita.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

    Difficult to say. All the characters were performed really well. If I had to choose just one then it would be Daisy.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How can children be treated so cruelly.


    Any additional comments?

    I was rivetted by this book which spanned the same years as my own childhood.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tina Smith
    24/10/15
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    "A real tearjerker!"

    I loved this right from beginning to end with a few tears along the way. So beautifully written I felt like I was really part of it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine P.
    14/10/15
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    "Unputdownable"

    A very well-researched book. A brilliant plot, well-drawn engaging characters.
    It's a sobering thought that all the events in this story are taken from real life, and Diney spares us nothing in her unflinching descriptions.
    The book could have been shorter without sacrificing the impact, and the characters more nuanced.
    But I loved it!
    Thank you Diney Costeloe for education and entertainment!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • kimmidp
    brussels belgium
    4/09/15
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    "Thought provoking and heartfelt but riveting easy listen. 17 hrs felt like 4 !"

    Just love Anne Dover narrating. I'm a sucker for a nostalgic by- gone - year tale. Within an entertaining, sad family drama spanning approx 3 decades comes tragedy, loss, hope and enduring love. Taking place post WWII some of the events in this book are based around truth and history is described through a riveting story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/08/15
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    "An emotional rollercoaster brilliant"

    Hooked from the first page to the last lots of twists and turns amazing story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor Rix
    13/08/15
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    "The throwaway children"

    Thought it was brilliant and well executed and true to the story of the poor children of the time

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M.E
    28/11/15
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    "thoroughly great listen"

    Not what I expected but thoroughly enjoyed. Despite the sadness that this story evokes.. I could not put it down. I found it very easy to follow the characters on their journey and did not want the book to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Howeydude
    15/10/15
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    "Charming"

    Loved this book from start to finish. Brought me to tears,great listen, lovely story. fab.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MrsV Ridge
    6/10/15
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    "Bloody good book to read full of love and tears"

    You mead lots of tissues, a very good book to read it made me cry

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    26/08/15
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    "gripping from start to end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Throwaway Children to be better than the print version?

    Enjoyed audio edition


    What other book might you compare The Throwaway Children to, and why?

    Not sure


    Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not listened to narrator before but very good.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sad based on true events


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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