Tale of adoption that went horribly wrong

A Forever Family, by John Houghton, Faber, €21.90.

20th May, 2006

A Forever Family, by John Houghton, Faber, €21.90.

According to the dust jacket of A Forever Family, John Houghton is the pseudonym of a ‘‘distinguished writer’’ who lives in Britain. You only have to go as far as the book’s subtitle to see why the author chose not to use his real name.

This is ‘‘a true story of adoption,” a shattering first-hand account of the indelible effects of...

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