Below are a list of books you may like to read as you learn more about the adoption experience. You are welcome to offer suggestions to include in these lists by emailing Jigsaw Queensland.




Bettinger, B. T. 2016 The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing & Genetic Genealogy, Family Tree Books, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Brodinsky, D, Schechter, M and Henig, R. 1993 Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, Anchor Books, New York.


Cassidy J and Shaver R. 2010 Handbook of Attachment Theory, Research and Clinical Applications, The Guilford Press, New York.


Coles, G. 2004 Ever After: Fathers and the Impact of Adoption, Clova Publications, Christies Beach.


Doka, K. (Ed) 2002 Disenfranchised Grief: New directions, challenges and strategies for practice, Research Press, Illinois.


Golding I, Dent H and Nissim R. 2006 Thinking Psychologically About Children Who are Looked After and Adopted: Space for Reflection, John Wiley and Sons, West Sussex.


Lifton, B. 1988 Lost and Found, Harper and Row Publishers, New York.


Lifton, B. 1994 Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness, Basic Books, New York.


Marshall, A and McDonald M. 2001 The Many-Sided Triangle: Adoption in Australia, Melbourne University Press, Carlton South.


Novy, M. (ed) 2004 Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture, University of Michigan Press, Michigan.


Novy, M. 2007 Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.


Pavao, J. 1998 The Family of Adoption, Beacon Press, Boston.


Robinson, E. 2018 Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief, 21st Century Edition, Clova Publications, Christies Beach.


Rosenberg, E. 1992 The Adoption Life Cycle: The Children and Their Families Through the Years, Free Press, New York.

Trinder, L., Feast, J. & Howe, D. 2004 The Adoption Reunion Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England.


Triseliotis, J, Feast, J and Kyle, F. 2005 The Adoption Triangle Revisited: A study of adoption, search and reunion experience, British Association for Adoption & Fostering, London.


Verrier, N. 1993 Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, Gateway Press, Baltimore.


Verrier, N. 2003 Coming Home to Self: The Adopted Child Grows Up, Gateway Press, Baltimore.



Brierley, S  2013 A Long Way Home, Penguin, Victoria.


Coles, G. 2004 Ever After: Fathers and the Impact of Adoption, Clova Publications, Christies Beach.


Didion, J 2011 Blue Nights, Fourth Estate, London.


Ellis, T. 2010 The Search: A Memoir of an Adopted Woman, iUniverse, Bloomington.


Glazebrook, C. 2001 Facing the Fears, Boolarong Press, Salisbury.


Howarth, K. 2010 Ten Hail Marys, Penguin, Victoria.


Jones, D. 2005 My Father’s House: A Life of Adoption, iUniverse, Lincoln.


Lifton, B. 1975 Twice Born: Memoirs of An Adopted Daughter, McGraw Hill, New York.

Long, L. & A. Gale (ed.) 2017 The Colour of Time: A longitudinal exploration of the impact of intercountry adoption in Australia, International Social Services, Sydney.


McCutcheon, S. 2005 The Magician's Son, Penguin, New York.


Pinkerton, E. 2012 The Goodbye Baby: A Diary About Adoption, AuthorHouse, Bloomington.


Winterson, J. 2011 Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, Jonathan Cape, London.



Sophocles. Oedipus the King. Trans. David Grene. 1957 in Sophocles I: The Complete Greek Tragedies, ed. David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, New York.


Winterson, J. 1991 Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Vintage, London.



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