Journey To Identity,Jilly-Anne Cawthorne,Her Blood Family,Tells The Story,Memoir

Journey To Identity , Jilly-Anne Cawthorne’s first memoir, is a moving and inspiring account of her search for herself and her roots.

Journey To Identity

Journey to Identity takes readers on a journey through the life of Elizabeth Gillian Wilson, from her adoption as a baby to her struggles with her adoptive parents from childhood to adulthood and her desperate attempts to figure out where she belonged in the world.

Journey To Identity,Jilly-Anne Cawthorne,Her Blood Family,Tells The Story,Memoir
Journey To Identity by Jilly-Anne Cawthorne

Gill is shown being taken from her mother when she was just six weeks old and placed with a middle-class suburban family in the South of England. She has trouble. She learns of her adoption in a brutal way when she is eight years old, leaving her to create her own past, future, and personality.

Journey To Identity,Jilly-Anne Cawthorne,Her Blood Family,Tells The Story,Memoir

In the book, Gill talks to the reader as she searches for her place in life as a child, a teenager, a young adult, and a thirtysomething. She does not know where or when she will discover what her goals should be or where her strengths lie. She tried her hardest to fit in and be “normal.”

The reader is taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions by her vivid descriptions of her life’s events, her loves, and her suffering. These descriptions range from tears to laughter to hope and desperation to near death and back again.

Adoption

Gill’s journey really begins when the adoption laws were changed in the middle of the 1970s to give these “Legitimized Adoptees” access to their birth certificates.

She freely discusses her experiences of apparent abandonment, mental and physical abuse, and self-failure, in addition to the agony of not being able to have children of her own or from her blood family. However, she emerges from the ashes each time with renewed determination and optimism.

According to Jilly-Anne Cawthorne, adoption does not simply entail being adopted by new parents. It goes far beyond that. She wanted to convey empathy and comfort to those affected by adoption in any way by writing her Tells The Story.

Jilly-Anne Cawthorne

Journey To Identity,Jilly-Anne Cawthorne,Her Blood Family,Tells The Story,Memoir
Jilly-Anne Cawthorne

Jilly-Anne had always wanted to be a ballerina, but she couldn’t because there weren’t many traditional careers for young women at the time. She trained as a shorthand typist reluctantly and progressed to high-level London PA positions. Jilly-Anne experienced both sexist behavior and physical abuse because PAs were a commodity at the time.

Journey To Identity,Jilly-Anne Cawthorne,Her Blood Family,Tells The Story,Memoir

Jilly-Anne attained a degree in education and a teacher’s certificate in her late 40s, enabling her to open her own Performing Arts Academy in the North of England for children and adults aged 3 to 83 years old. She had always wanted to be involved in musical theater as a second career after ballet. This was a huge success, with classes for kids with learning difficulties being a “first” in the region. Jilly-Anne has always been passionate about animals and supports local and international charities, including the Ukraine crisis. She also enjoys dancing.

The book is a moving tale of self-discovery and hope for people who are having trouble figuring out where they fit in life. Her advice is to keep looking and never lose faith in yourself.

Because there is still more to the adoption story, Jilly-Anne is currently working on the sequel to “Journey to Identity.” Recording an album with her musically gifted friends, Jilly-Anne & Friends, Variations on a Dream, is another item on her wish list.

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Journey To Identity is currently available from Amazon and other online book stores. Please visit Jilly-Anne Cawthorne’s Facebook page for additional details.

 

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