Leslie John Thomas and Adoption
Thomas was a Barnardo boy for three years after he was orphaned aged 12, but he was never adopted. (His father, a merchant seaman, was killed in World War II U-boat attack on a shipping convoy, and his mother died six months later.) His books include Stand Up Virgin Soldiers, This Time Next Week, Arrivals and Departures and Tropic of Ruislip.
"Kindred Spirits," Telegraph Magazine [London], 10 April 1993, p. 10 Who's Who, 1997 Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales, edited by Meic Stephens. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986) Thomas, Leslie. This Time Next Week. (London: Penguin, 1991)