Peter Harris is the former Medical Correspondent of the Manchester Evening News, a post which took him on assignments throughout the UK and overseas for more than 25 years.

He has written three other books but ‘The Filipino Doll’ is his first foray into the world of fiction, albeit based on real-life characters and places he has visited. ‘It was liberating not to be constrained by the hard facts of reportage.

He says: ‘It’s a story I have always wanted to write’.

Five months after his wife’s death, retired journalist Eliot Maxwell flies to New York to meet Tala, the Filipino love child he has never seen, and re-ignite his relationship with her mother, after a gap of twenty years.

In a pact, contrived to prevent Tala learning Eliot’s true identity, she had always been told that he is her uncle, the identical twin of her father, tragically killed in a road accident.

But her suspicions are aroused when she is told so little about her “father”. Have they something to hide? Tala turns to cutting-edge DNA technology, Internet research and newspaper archives in her search for answers.

 

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