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Forget You Had a Daughter: Doing Time in the Bangkok Hilton - Sandra Gregory's Story Hardcover – 25 Jun 2002


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: VISION Paperbacks (25 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904132065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904132066
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Gregory has since gained a degree at Oxford. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Every few minutes the evening trains slip in and out of the darkness in Hualumphong Railway Station in Bangkok and I watch them roll on their tracks, bursting with commuters. Read the first page
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sep 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the first autobiography that i have ever read, and was a bit wary when i chose this one. I thought i knew what 'type' of person smuggled drugs, and was expecting the book to be all excuses on Sandra's part. It was not. Once i started this book i could not put it down. An absolutely amazing story which perfectly represents her honesty, courage and strength. She doesnt makes excuses for her crime, just attempts to explain why she did it. The horrors reported in the Bankok jail are horrendous, and the British system and prison fairs little better when on paper. But such tales are not written in an attempt to make the reader pity Sandra for her crime. Sandra's strength is amazing and comes across perfectly in this book- she doesn't ask the reader to pity her, and never attacks the country in which she was caught. A truly great read that i would recommend to anyone.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Walsh on 8 Sep 2003
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This book make excellent reading, not least because the author Sandra Gregory, never denies that she did wrong, or that she deserved to be punished for her crimes (drug smuggling). It is interesting to read an account by someone who doesn't believe she was wrongly imprisoned as son many books about prison are about people who the wrter believes shouldn't be there for one reason or another. I believe it takes a huge amount of courage, whatever we have done, to stand up and say "yes I did do that, and yes I was wrong and I regrett it, and I deserve to be punished " How many of us can do that? She eventually received a Royal pardon from the King of Thialand, but she herself says she only asked for a pardon, she never said she deserved one...that was for others to decide. She gives a very straightforward account of prison life both on Thialand and in Britain. Both stretched her to her very limits in different ways and for different reasons. Conditions and overcrowding in the Thai jail were appaling, but as she says at least prisoners were free to wander around the prison. In Britain living conditions were much better, but being locked up for most of the day and lack of uncertainty about how to act or what was happening made her stay in Britains prisons equally difficult. Incidentally this is one of my Kellogs books - hope the other prove to be just as good!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "lynneje" on 26 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to what Ally from London said in her review, I found that I liked Sandra Gregory, I think she is open and honest and a bit of an adventure seeker. Of course she felt sorry for herself, who wouldn't in her situation? Drug trafficking must be taken seriously and a fitting punishment given, but it wasn't as if she were one of the big drug barons who make millions out of the trade. To me it is them that should receive massive sentences. She was only trying to make enough money to get home, therefore carrying such a small amount of heroin for someone's personal use. Obviously a ridiculous thing to do and so easy to say in hindsight. I really enjoyed the book, well written and plenty of detail. A good insight in to the harsher realities of life, and hopefully would put anyone off doing the same thing. Good Luch Sandra, I wish you all the best for the future.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By SDimmock on 10 July 2002
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I thought I knew this story already from press coverage but Forget You Had A Daughter is an astonishing insight into the reality of the life of a girl who made a horrendous mistake but is not a criminal. She committed a criminal act but her biggest crime was stupidity. It is an emotional ride, from the first chapter, when the reader is pulled in and shares her nightmare experience, until the last chapter where she is finally reconciled with her family who fought tooth and nail to see justice done. I found myself crying. This book is not about self pity, Sandra Gregory knows she committed a crime, she knows she deserved punishment but acknowledges the sentence was a little too hard. Gregory does not want pity, she has recounted her painful experience in order that no one else will go through such a harrowing and traumatic journey. Read this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jimoo on 22 Oct 2013
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I did enjoy this book as a whole so much so I had it read in a day, however...

What didn't sit right for me was the justfication for smuggling in the first instance...

1) If you were broke, down on your luck, painfuly ill and had a reasobable relationship with your parents surely you'd call for a couple of hundred £s? Even a friend or relative could help out on that small a figure, not to mention that Sandra owns a house!... Sell it!... OR... Re-mortgage! People borrow ten times the cost of an airfare just for a new kitchen or a loft conversion.

2) Rob is clearly shifty, unknown and an addict. Who in there right mind would trust an addict, especially knowing the consequences and their trafficing inexperience . However there is an admission of idiocy on Sandras part.

3) Is Rob that stupid? He could of saved the £1000 pound mule fee AND the cost of the Japanese airfare, buying his personal heroin in Japan at a much lesser risk and expense?

Aside from not quite computing and a rather abrupt and unexplained transition between Thailand and the UK systems; I did find the prision lifestory elements facinating and do feel for Sandra on the grounds of the unbalance of justice - but then- are we getting the whole picture?
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