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Biography of Care Experienced People

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A History of Silence

Lloyd Jones


In his A History of Silence (2013), NZ writer Lloyd Jones explores his family history and discovers that both his parents were displaced from their birth families as children.

Jones' father, Lew, was put into an orphanage when his mother died. From then he was in and out of foster care.

Jones' mother, Joyce, was given up for adoption when she was 4.

Lloyd Jones is one of NZs best known contemporary writers. He says he was lucky as the youngest child because he didn't have to leave school at 15 and his older brother insisted he go to university.

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