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Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows.

When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged seven, her immediate reaction is: Why can't he stay with his present carers for the last month? He's already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he'll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn't coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy.

He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. But Alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process.

©2017 Cathy Glass (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another excellent read

This is another wonderful book about a little boy who so desperately wants a family to call his own. I experienced the same emotions of anger frustration and sadness along with Cathy and little Alex as they struggled to come to terms with the failure of that first adoption... As the reader looking in, it seemed obvious to me that it wouldn't work. Rosemary and Edward were too formal in their manner. They just couldn't relate to a child like Alex. I cheered for everyone when the second placement worked out so well. Alex had a long hard road ahead of him, and I'm glad things worked out so well for all of them.

Cathy Glass tells this story in the same engrossing style she does all her others. I was hooked from the first page and once again felt like I knew her and her family a little more.

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NOT MY FIRST CATHY GLASS BOOK, BUT DEFINITELY MY LAST.

This book discourages adoption, that why there is so much need in the world. I have read/ listened to over a dozen Cathy Glass books, after finishing all the books I could find by both Casey Watson and Maggie Hartley respectively- both of whom are foster carers in the UK.

I live in South-Africa, and I am both an adoptive mother (older child adoptions), an adoption activist, as well as working with “children in care”, as it is known in the UK.

This book is misguided and discourages adoption, by only looking at local statistics of two countries! If one looks at world statistics, adoptive relationships have a higher success rate than biological relationships.

There is such a desperate need for adoption worldwide, and not enough people willing to open their hearts. The biggest reason for failed adoptions (as it should be called instead of some ridiculous euphemism) is that prospective parents choose it as a back-up plan because of infertility. If you adopt, it should be by CHOICE. It needs to be your FIRST choice (you need to get to a point where, even if you are able to conceive, you will still choose adoption). Otherwise YOU as the adult, are bound to fail a child and ruin their life.

Whilst Edward Andrews deserves every degrading and derogatory term on this planet, I can’t believe you fixated on the fact that he said he chose Alex. Of course you have to CHOOSE an adopted child! Not from amongst others, but you have to reassure them of your love and your choice to have them, over and above any other “options”. Had I not done this, none of my adoptions would have been successful. I have nothing wrong with my reproductive organs. I have a husband for the past 15 years. Yet I chose adoption above having biological children. Cathy, do you never tell Lucy that out of all the kids that you have fostered, you chose her?

Whilst I curse the Andrews-couple with guilt-ridden consciousness for eternity and the loss of their biological son, as they are not worthy of the word “parents”, their story is not the reason why I have written off Cathy Glass.

As a foster career, she should know better than to call an adoptive child “lucky” repeatedly. WHAT THE HELL??? Also, the fact that she told him he should/ will get over it, speaks of sheer incompetence. As a victim of these circumstances myself, I can tell you that you NEVER get over the rejection. You learn to live with it and alongside it. But get over it? Come on, Cathy!

Alex’s story needs telling, don’t get me wrong, but the advice that you gave him is sickening. The fact that you discourage adoption by only referring to local UK and US statistics, whilst you ignore countries with huge orphan crises, where more adoptions take place than in the UK and US, is sad.

If I have learned one lesson from the memoirs of Glass... I thought the South-African care system was messed up, until I saw that the British care system is truly screwed up completely.

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Cathy Glass - MY HERO

What made the experience of listening to Nobody's Son the most enjoyable?

Cathy Glass is the epitome of what a foster mother should be. She cares about her foster children and their future lives. She helps them deal with their past.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nobody's Son?

When Cathy talked to the foster parents at the MDT meeting after the child was returned to her home.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Cathy Glass is the epitome of what a foster mother should be.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to get more of her books. She is a good writer, and a great foster mother.

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another winner!

as terrific as all of Cathy Glass' books! Her tales of trial and triumph are always the best! Get your tissue ready!

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Excellent Read

I loved this book. Cathy Class is an amazing author. This book made me feel every emotion I can think of. Would definitely recommend her to anyone.

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heartbreaking and hopeful story

this is such a sad and hopeful story with a wonderful ending. love her style

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I love this book!!!

I love this book like all Cathy Glass books! I can't can't wait for the next book to listen to!

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pretty good

This one was a bit harder to get through The storyline wasn't as exciting or moving as most of her books. I had trouble loving this one It's still good but lacked suspense and emotion.

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Heart breaking but could not quit reading.

A great listen from the minute the book started. Definitely recommend. Tugs at the heart strings.

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Great book!!

I loved this book!! It kept me wondering how things would turn out. It wasn't something that was predictable. Kept my interest.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 02-26-17

another fantastic book by this author.

Would you consider the audio edition of Nobody's Son to be better than the print version?

I am visually impaired so i rely on the audio copy so this is not aplicable to me.

What other book might you compare Nobody's Son to, and why?

would compare this book to will you love me as the story mainly focused on adoption and what can go wrong if a child is given negative experiences.

What does Denica Fairman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She reads with emotion and manages to create identaties for all the characters seperately so you know who is speaking and get a feel for the character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes.

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fantastic as usual, i always look forward to this authors books.

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  • Matthew Logan
  • 06-20-19

Just amazing

Yet again another amazing book by Cathy glass, she has an amazing ability to make you feel every book, regardless of if you read it of it being read to you, but either way it's definitely worth it.

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  • Rachel L.
  • 06-11-17

Amazing!!!

brilliant narration held my attention well despite my ADHD and brilliant book well done Cathy

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  • Mrs. Lorraine J. Brown
  • 03-01-17

Wonderful

Another fantastic story from Cathy Glass, excellent narration, I look forward to seeing how this young man progresses in the future. I have all of Cathy's books and look forward to listening to more stories in the future.

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  • Renata Lemanska
  • 10-24-21

Wonderful as always

I love Cathy Glass books. Sad, true story's. Nice to listen when you haven't got a time to sit down and read. Than you.

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  • 801
  • 07-07-21

Heartbreaking

A very honest book, with a great insight into foster caring and also the impact of attachment disruption.
It's well written and well read.

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  • Sally
  • 05-20-21

so very moving

the twists in this story, some you could see coming, others remained a total shock, much like it'd been for Cathy herself. A truly amazing story of one boys perseverance, courage and one families commitment that saw little Alex through.

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  • Lindsay Brockwell
  • 04-08-21

amazing.

brilliant story. very moving and at times angry with certain people's actions and attitudes but once again Cathy was there and was fabulous. xx

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  • Miss S Phillips
  • 06-05-19

excellent!

very well written and heart wrenching in places! cathy your an amazing lady these children are lucky to have you help them on their life journey.

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  • ajb
  • 01-28-19

wow

initially i thought " What a sweet short story', then i realised i was only part wat through the book
it is heart breaking at times.

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  • Sarah
  • 05-31-17

Not for me

A interesting enough story, I didn't find it hard to listen to but it wasn't exciting and I wasn't rushing right back to listen to it. I found I was intrigued to see what happened

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-22

Disappointed not like her other novels

I love Cathy glass all her books except this one was boring too much about meetings and the adoptive parents and very little about her day to day work with the boy and his past. For Cathy glass readers I’d say skip this one and the other one called a long way from home which was similar to this one with half the book written by the parents not Cathy so it feels like a very unsatisfying half book from Cathy this one was similar I felt like I missed out on a Cathy glass book by getting this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-21

Sleepless Nights

Amazing story of a darling little boy who had such a hard start in life and let downs by social workers, foster cares and adoptive parents. Cathy you are such a warm and loving person, thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you Denica for such a pleasant narration. I listened to this book in 3 days, mainly at night and couldn’t go to sleep until I heard more every night and than little bit more .....totally addicted!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-21

Another great boom

I can't say enough how much I love these books by Cathy Glass, I often come to tears in my car as I'm listening on my drive and although I've read and listened to atleast 15 of Cathy's books It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful a person she is.
I will continue to read and listen to these stories until I've none left and I'm hoping that is a long way off.

I'm very pickh with the readers of the audio books I read and although it took me a.littke while to get used to her I now believe that the narrators voice and style of reading is perfect fit for Cathy's books.

my next read is ready to go "cruel to be kind" again Cathy
Glass.

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  • gaddster 2003
  • 10-29-20

Seriously!

Cathy I do not know how you do it! Absolutely unbelievable! Alex's adoptive parents who gave up after two weeks should feel ashamed of themselves. I was glad he found his forever home and was so pleased to read his update on the website.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-20

love Cathys books

love the narration and the story, so touching and hard to stop listening, great books

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  • Julie Lucken
  • 03-01-18

awesome as always

I love Cathy Glass' books. So raw and so real. A real superwoman. Highly recommend all her books!