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Laura Paperback – November, 1990


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Shatter, an Irish legislator and attorney, draws on his professional experiences for this syrupy, heavy-handed first novel about a child-custody battle. Sean Brannigan, member of the Irish parliament, is vocally pro-family and anti-abortion. But he doesn't practice what he preaches: having seduced his innocent secretary, Colette James, Brannigan suggests that she obtain an abortion when she finds herself pregnant. Knowing her parents would throw her out if they learned of her pregnancy, Colette moves away and secretly arranges for adoption. John and Jenny Masterson, the adopting parents, "sob with joy" when they are given Laura, Colette's five-day-old daughter. But 10 months later, the young woman, haunted by thoughts of the child she never knew, refuses to sign the final consent papers and says she wants Laura returned. The Mastersons resist, and a legal battle ensues between the perfect, well-to-do adopting parents and the unstable, unmarried natural mother. Guess who wins. Shatter depicts the legal arguments effectively, but flat dialogue and weak characterization detract from the dramatic potential.
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'Just about the biggest publishing story in Ireland this June'
Eoin Purcell, Editor of Irish Publishing News
Laura: A novel you will never forget is the much talked about book by Alan Shatter, who is currently Ireland's Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Dufour Editions (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853710423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853710421
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,648,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shivers on July 28, 2013
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Very basic writing. No consistency in story. It is the worst book I read in a long time. So so disappointing.
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The plot of this book is interesting, concerning a battle for possession of a young child, Unfortunately, much of the story is boring, The writing is often stilted, spelling out, with a lack of subtlety, what individuals were thinking. The author goes into great detail the legal arguments in the court case, but omits entirely the reason behind the decision of the judge. I don't recommend it to anyone except, perhaps, a lawyer.
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By DF meath on September 7, 2013
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Lightweight book only usefull on holiday when you.ve run out of books. Was hyped in newspapers, expected better.
Won't be waiting for more from the minister.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sian on July 30, 2013
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Readers should bear in mind that Alan Shatter wrote this book in Ireland in the late eighties, when even contraception and divorce were thorny issues, never mind abortion. He was a lawyer with family law expertise and obviously wrote the book to highlight the issues when the child's welfare was not always put first in an adoption case, and also it seems , taking a dig at the hypocrisy abounding in some quarters at the time. This is not an erotic novel!
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