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Orion Biography TPB May £14.99 304pp 978 1 4091 6084 7 eBook: £7.99 / 978 1 4091 5830 1

Inspirational and moving, this is the story of five women brave enough to confront their past and strong enough to not let it define them.

NANCY COSTELLO, KATHLEEN LEGG, DIANE CROGHAN, MARIE SLATTERY AND MARINA GAMBOLD WITH STEVEN O’RIORDAN Whispering Hope The Heart-Breaking True Story of the Magdalene Women

The harrowing account of five women who were confined in Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. On 19 February 2013 the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologised to the women who had been incarcerated in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries. In the audience sat Steven O’Riordan, a documentary filmmaker and founder of the charity Magdalene Survivors Together. And by his side were some of the women he had helped. Nancy, Kathleen, Diane, Marie and Marina were confined in Magdalene laundries throughout Ireland during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The physical and psychological abuse they endured led to a lifetime of shame and secrecy. Now, in Whispering Hope, these women tell their stories for the first time. Their fight for justice and forged friendships has enabled them to move forward and have their voices heard, their individual accounts weaving together in an immensely powerful narrative that shines a light on a dark chapter in Ireland’s history.

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Location: Galway, Bournemouth, Dublin County Cork & Wexford Available for interview

Orion Non-fiction • May 2015