Catherine Chanter has spent her professional life working with disturbed children and sitting on adoption panels. At the age of fifty, she decides to find her own birth mother, a journey that takes her to Ireland and Canada. Moments of great joy juxtapose those of profound loss. This book is for everyone interested in or touched by adoption. It speaks to you all from a base of acknowledgement, wisdom, and honesty.
From the acclaimed author of The Well and The Half Sister.
‘A remarkable investigation of what family truly means.’
– James Hawes, Sunday Times best-selling author
‘A Child in the Middle is as much a book about policy as it is about family, about loss as it is about discovery.’
– Jing Jing Lee, author of How We Disappeared, long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020
About the author
Catherine Chanter is a novelist and poet whose debut novel The Well, was translated into twelve languages and picked for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Her second novel, The Half Sister, was published in 2018. She has a Masters in Creative Writing and has taught the subject in a wide range of settings. Catherine has held senior leadership positions in the education sector including work with Looked After Children and those with significant mental health problems in the NHS, Pupil Referral Units, Social Care and the charity sector. She has recently left this work to concentrate on writing, but still sits on Adoption and Fostering panels for local authorities.