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Looking for Jane

By: Heather Marshall
Narrated by: Sarah Borges
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A story of female unity that transcends generations. Based on the true story of the Jane Collective, an illegal underground abortion service, Looking for Jane reimagines the fraught battle for reproductive rights and the women who demanded the right to choose.

Just tell them you're looking for Jane....

1960

It starts with a phone call, with someone looking for Jane. They are put through to Dr Evelyn Taylor, a member of the Jane Network who provides safe but illegal abortions. No names are exchanged. No identities are revealed. And no one knows Evelyn is still traumatised by being forced to give her own baby up for adoption years before. Now, despite harrowing police raids and the constant threat of arrest, Evelyn is determined to give other women the choice she never had.

1970 

A doctor once told Nancy Mitchell that if she ever found herself 'in a position' she should find Jane. Now, positive pregnancy test in hand, Nancy starts her search. Soon she's the newest volunteer for the Jane Network, desperately trying to help others while family secrets threaten everything she knows to be true.

2020

Angela Creighton finds a letter containing a life-shattering confession. In her search for the recipient, she discovers a book about the Jane Network by Dr Evelyn Taylor. Contacting the author, Evelyn realises Angela and her mysterious letter might hold the key to providing her the closure she's been searching decades for.

Spanning decades, Evelyn, Nancy and Angela's lives intertwine to reveal the devastating consequences that come from a lack of choice and the buried truths that will always find a way to the surface....

©2022 Heather Marshall Inc (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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An important story

This is fiction and it matters. Especially now where the world seems to be regressing. But it if does, I would be a Jane immediately.

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A subject that needed to be addressed.

This is the first time I have come across a book that deals so directly on the subject of unwanted pregnancy, abortion and forced adoptions. The author brings it into the light in an honest and authentic way. It hit home with me as I as I know personally several stories from my youth and of my own experience the horrors of how young unmarried women who became pregnant were dealt with. Thank you Heather Marshall for telling this story.