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The Missing Pieces of Mum

Sally Herbert

A stolen past, a search for the truth, two lives changed forever

Born out of wedlock in Dublin in 1937, Phyllis grew up in a brutal, church-run orphanage. She thought by fulfilling her dream to become a nurse in England, her life might change for the better. But her loveless childhood predisposed a loveless marriage. Her feelings of being worthless, instilled by the orphanage, perpetuated a series of poor choices and things spiralled out of control for her – and, shockingly, for her daughter, Sally.

As her mother’s health deteriorated, Sally began looking for answers to why it seemed inevitable that their lives would go so spectacularly wrong. She asked questions about the true identity of her mother: “Who was she? Why was she abandoned? I needed to find answers before it was too late.”


After a mission that lasted nearly a decade, Sally finally uncovered the truth and opened the door to a world so many of us take for granted.

Hardback | £12.99 | 11 November 2021

ISBN:  9781914451041 

Also available in ebook and audio

About the Author

Sally Herbert was born in 1962 and grew up in Surrey, before moving to Sussex. She lives with her partner Phil, and elderly cat, The Big Boy, and works for an animal charity. After nearly a decade of searching for her long-lost family, she likes nothing better than to make trips to Ireland for reunions. When she is not doing that, she enjoys going for walks on The South Downs and researching her ever expanding family tree.

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