Book review: Ireland’s mother and baby homes scandal viewed through a personal lens

Unusually intelligent book about Ireland’s greatest national shame charts a harrowing family history

Clair wills (front) with her family and grandmother (second left) in the 1960s. Picture: Courtesy of Clair Wills

Clair Wills recently told an interviewer that she cried while recording the audio version of this book. It’s a safe bet that many of her readers will also be shedding tears.

Missing Persons is a brilliantly crafted but desperately bleak memoir, written by a historian who has used her family trauma to put an entire country on the psychiatrist’s couch.

Born and raised in London just over 60 years ago, Wills spent summer holidays at ...