Petrina Banfield

Agent: Laetitia Rutherford

Petrina Banfield is a writer and foster carer. She has written articles for The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Guardian, Yours Magazine, Mother & Baby Magazine and Prima Magazine, as well as the Adoption UK and Women First websites.

Petrina Banfield’s passion for adoption and fostering was shaped by the discovery that her father was an identical twin who had been separated from his siblings during the Second World War. It was her father’s experience of growing up in care that led her to register as a foster carer in 2003.

In her efforts to piece together her father’s family history, Petrina Banfield has undertaken detailed research at the London Metropolitan Archive and Warwick University, unearthing a treasure trove of untapped material about the London almoners and their work.

THE ALMONER’S SECRET (working title) is the first in a proposed series of narrative Non-Fiction books, recently acquired by HarperCollins Publishers for publication in September 2018.

Often women, often cutting their teeth in the field hospitals of World War One, the Almoners returned to a new social order in 1920s London. They threw themselves into rescue and care work with families and individuals enmeshed in a fascinating variety of conflicts. They were the social workers of their day.

Inspired by archive material held at the London Metropolitan Archives, and glimmering with true-life detail, the almoner Alice Hudson takes on the role of amateur sleuth in uncovering Charlotte Redbourne’s gripping story, in a drama that is also a lively and important social history.

HarperCollins Publishers: September 2018

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