One woman, the secrets of a small town, and a quest for justice that rocked a nation. Catherine Corless could not have known, when she followed her local history tutor’s instructions to ‘dig deeper and ask why’, where her research into the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway would lead her. Uncovering no less than 796 missing burial records of children born there, the stark truth of their place of rest became clear: a disused sewage tank on the site, where two boys had once stumbled upon bones. But who were these children, and what had happened to them in the care of the Bons Secours order of nuns? Determined to know more, Catherine’s scrupulously researched the evidence, leading to a quest for justice that would span over a decade as, often against fierce resistance, she brought to light a terrible truth that shocked the world, impacted the Vatican, and led to a Commission of Investigation in Ireland.Part memoir, part detective story, Belonging is both Catherine’s account of the personal history that led her to care so deeply about the lost children of Tuam, and a forensic recounting of her investigation on their behalf. It speaks to the tender love of a mother and her child; to the unforgettable screams which echoed through the corridors as babies were taken from their mothers; and to a mystery which continues to this very day, as so many are still searching to know where, and to whom, they belong.