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After decades of searching, I discovered that my birth parents were a Catholic priest and a nun.

'Tell No One' explores the questions, anxieties and reflections arising from this hidden past.

Brendan Watkins author 'Tell No One'


'I read Tell No One in one sitting ... Read it and weep and then get strategic—it has to end.’


Wendy McCarthy AO

When I was eight years old, my parents told me I was adopted. In my late twenties, I found out the identity of my birth mother – but she wanted nothing to do with me.


For thirty years there was only limited communication with my birth mother, and I knew nothing about my birth father. In 2018, a DNA test led me to the truth: I'm the son of a missionary priest. He had studied in a Trappist monastery in Ireland, had a career as a house builder, was a Bondi Lifesaver, a trophy-winning ballroom dancer, was a landscape painter, met Mother Teresa and toured the world.


An astounding story of scandal, deception and church coercion had been uncovered, a truth that must be told.

Tell No One Brendan Watkins, author
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