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Tell No One

By: Brendan Watkins
Narrated by: David Tredinnick
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A stunning memoir of one man's search for his birth parents, which uncovered an astonishing global scandal at the heart of the Catholic Church.

When Brendan Watkins was eight years old, his parents told him he was adopted. In his late twenties, he discovered the identity of his birth mother—a woman who had been a Catholic nun when he was born—but she wanted nothing to do with him. For thirty years he only managed limited communication with her, and had no clues to the identity of his birth father.

In 2018, a DNA test led him to the truth: he was the son of a celebrated missionary priest. His father had studied in a Trappist monastery in Ireland, had a career as a builder, was a Bondi Lifesaver, a trophy-winning ballroom dancer, was a landscape painter, a fine chocolate maker, met Mother Teresa and toured the world.

An astounding story had been uncovered which simply had to be told. After decades of searching, Brendan Watkins had discovered that his birth parents were a Catholic priest and a nun. Tell No One explores the questions, anxieties and reflections arising from this hidden past.

©2023 Brendan Watkins (P)2023 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Informative, well written and easy to listen to

I gobbled this book up. It took 3 days and i could turn it off. If you are adopted have an experience with the church that is difficult this story is really helpful. Thank you to the author you’ve written a fabulous biok

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Powerful and Astonishing

A magnificently powerful autobiography that will astonish all readers. The open writing and honesty weaves through the book, creating a powerful testimony aimed at the Catholic Church, an institution that still doesn't understand truth.

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Fantastic

So well written I couldn’t put it down. Sad, funny, devastating, shocking, brave, shameful, resilient and more.

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Interesting at time

Interesting in parts but author grows increasingly bitter towards the end, story just doesn’t seem to develop much past this point. Last quarter of the book is really just one big rant about the Catholic Church.

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Couldn't finish it

It's a heartbreaking story - and I really feel for the author - but 3/4 in and I was just so bored. It's sad but tedious.

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