Last week, I saw the film Philomena. It's the true story of how a young and unmarried girl was forced by the Catholic Church to give up her child in 1950s Ireland and stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The film received a lot of press coverage when it was released late last year and I recently heard the real life Philomena being interviewed on the radio.
I am both Catholic and Irish by ancestry, although, in 2014, I would claim to be neither.
I wanted to know more of Philomena's story.
See the film, by all means.
But read the book, too.
Neither will disappoint.