Taken in Contempt

Now out in an updated and revised third edition

Latest ebook edition

The vanishing of English 3-year-old Madeleine McCann in Portugal and the search on a push-bike around Europe  by Australian father Ken Thompson, who successfully found his son Andrew in Amsterdam 3 years after after he was abducted by his mother when 3 years old, both highlight the incidence of missing children across international borders. There are thousands more stories like Madeleine’s and Andrew’s, very few with happy endings.

Astonishingly, thousands of parents abduct their OWN children every day, to hide them from the parent they leave behind. Taken in Contempt (3rd Ed.) impartially tells the stories that describe the heartbreak and danger and chronicle the incredible courage and risks people take in the name of love. Author Robin Bowles has first hand knowledge of IPCA. In 1999 her own grandson was taken to the other side of the world.

Recommended as ‘A book that needed to be written’ by a Chief Justice of the Family Court, this book fearlessly explores all aspects of this modern dilemma. It’s moving, engrossing and totally compelling.




2 thoughts on “Taken in Contempt”

  1. Judy Williams said:

    I’ve just read your “Taken in Contempt” book – not the latest edition but I’m thinking of you tonight as I hear of those 4 little girls who were supposed to return to Italy. On the news tonight, I hear they have ‘disappeared’ from school today.

    The Hague Convention seems to work for an against families. I can only guess at the agony they people are suffering today.

    I sincerely hope your grandson is somehow in your life Robin.

    • Hullo Judy,

      Thanks for your email. It is always the kids who suffer. My working title for the book was ‘In their best interests’. But I quickly discovered parental child abduction is NEVER in the child’s best interests. So I thought TIC was more descriptive of the real situation of contempt for little ones who are at the mercy of the people they love the most.

      I did see my grandson again when he was 7. Since then (2006), by which time we had recovered a bit financially, we have seen him every year during his long holidays, including a solo trip he made to Oz when he was only 10 (mum wouldn’t agree if his father, who lives in France so he can see him, came too) and another trip when he was 12. He LOVES Australia and has probably seen more of it than most Aussie kids. He gets the Royal Tour, snorkelling the Barrier Reef to snowfights with his new-found cousins in Tassie.

      He is 16 this September and will soon sit his Baccalaureate. His father, who has married again and has a 2yo daughter, is moving here this month. Hopefully ‘Byron’ will come for each long holiday until he finishes school then he can decide about his tertiary education. His English is perfect (altho he didn’t speak a word when he was 7, lucky I spoke French), which will help with his Baccalaureate and, if he comes here, with his further education.

      If you would be interested in reading another story about this increasingly frequent situation, I’ll be putting up my most recent book, ‘Have you seen this child?’ as an e-book on my website in a couple of weeks, It’s the story of the NSW firefighter who pedalled around Europe looking for his son, and against all odds, found him in Amsterdam.

      Let me know what you think, if you decide to read it.

      thanks for your thoughts,


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