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A Good Likeness By Paul Arnott

A Good Likeness by Paul Arnott

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Paul Arnott's knowledge of his adoption went largely unconsidered until the observation of a likeness between himself and his son prompted a quest to find his biological parents. In this biography, his personal narrative is combined with political, religious and psychological thought on adoption.

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A Good Likeness: A Personal Story of Adoption by Paul Arnott

Paul Arnott has two very early memories. One is as a two-year-old having a bath in a hotel sink in Tenby; the other, a Bromley afternoon, when Mr and Mrs Arnott told Paul that "his real Mummy and Daddy couldn't keep him" - and that they had adopted him. Then, for 30 years, he barely gave his adoption a moment's thought - until the observation of the likeness between his son and himself provoked a quest to find his own biological parents. What he discovered was a near-complete family in Ireland - his parents had later married and since had four other children, lighting a candle in his name every day for thirty-three years. His biography weaves historical, political, religious and psychological thought into a personal narrative of the hopes, "what-ifs", and discoveries of the author's quest. He talks to those of his parent's generation who did not yield to the pressure to abandon the illegitimate, and to the children with very different stories to tell, as well as priests and politicians, newfound families and the supportive or unreconciled adoptive relatives.

About Paul Arnott

Paul Arnott was born in 1961. He has contributed to publications such as the Independent and Time Out, before becoming Series Editor of the C4 daily arts programme. He has since evolved into a television producer and director, filming at Cannes, across India and Johannesburg and with the RSC.

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A Good Likeness: A Personal Story of Adoption by Paul Arnott
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Little, Brown & Company
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