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The Stolen Baby
14 Apr 2022 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781789543353

The story of one baby boy, forgotten by his family after an air raid in WW2 Plymouth, who then disappears. Based on a true story.

Fiction / FV (Historical Fiction)
Extent: 448 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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The Stolen Babyby Diney Costeloe


Based on a gripping and moving true story, The Stolen Baby is the new Second World War novel from bestselling author Diney Costeloe.

Plymouth, 1941. As sirens blare all around, the Shawbrook family take refuge in a packed shelter. Bombs have already begun to fall through the night sky when they realise their infant son, Freddie, has been forgotten in the rush, left to sleep in his crib. Terrified, Vera, his young mother races to find him and bring him to safety.

The next morning, police officer David Shawbrook returns from his watch to find the shelter pulverised, and his family seemingly all dead. Dirty footprints inside their home betray the looters who have rifled through the house.

Meanwhile, Maggie waits alone for her husband. Since the death of her infant son, she passes her days at home with neither joy nor aim. But not this morning. For this morning her husband has brought home a child, found abandoned in the aftermath of the terrible raid – a child she is sure is the one she held in her arms so many months before.

Praise for Diney Costeloe

'Truly captivating' Woman & Home

'This is a truly captivating read that brings together vibrant characters and a historical setting' Woman's Own

'A gripping saga' My Weekly

'A treat from the very first page. I could not put it down' Historical Novel Society

Diney Costeloe is the author of twenty-three novels, several short stories, and many articles and poems. She has three children and seven grandchildren, so when she isn't writing, she's busy with family. She and her husband divide their time between Somerset and West Cork. Find Diney online at, or on Twitter @Dineycost

A return to Diney's most popular setting: WW2 England.

#1 bestselling author: UK, USA, Canada, Australia.

Over 1 million copies sold.

MARKET: Susan Lewis; Gill Thompson; Shirley Dixon.

'A gripping story that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end. A first class read, highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction' Beauty and Lace

'Heartrending WWII family drama' My Weekly

'A treat from the very first page. I could not put it down!' Historical Novel Society on The Sisters of St Croix.
'Historical fiction heaven... Anyone who feels that women's hist fict is a simplified genre sub-set would definitely need a rethink after this' Bookbag, Top Ten Women's Fiction Books of 2016, on The Sisters of St Croix.
'Enlightening, compelling and emotional'
Living North, on The Throwaway Children

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