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Forget You Had a Daughter: Doing Time in the Bangkok Hilton - Sandra Gregory's Story [Paperback]

Sandra Gregory , Michael Tierney
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12 Jun 2003
The A-format edition of the Sunday Times Bestseller in which Sandra Gregory relates her experiences of her time spent in prison in Thailand and Britain after she was caught smuggling heroin. Brutally truthful, this is the unforgettable story of a good woman who made a mistake that changed the rest of her life. A world-wide publication date ensures publicity including a 3 page feature in Marie Claire. The book will be submitted for summer bookstore promotions.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: VISION Paperbacks; New edition edition (12 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904132278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904132271
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,900 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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashes pre-conceptions. 18 Sep 2003
By A Customer
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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you think 26 Aug 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey of Redemption 10 July 2002
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The best book i've read in a long time. A shocking account of Sandra's enormous mistake to carry drugs out of thailand, she accepts her guilt but is dealt a horrific sentence of 25 years. Her everyday prison life is portrayed in graphic detail both in Thailand and the UK. Excellent!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget your preconceptions! 10 July 2002
By A Customer
Even before reading the first page I was overwhelmed by what an incredibly difficult book this must have been to write - how to tell the story but not sound as if you were justifying your actions. Sandra Gregory describes and explains her experiences with such clarity and honesty that it is an emotional read; not in the sense of tears, in that you feel you are living the experience, you're in the Bangkok Hilton - and you only leave when you close the book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reader from Melbourne Australia 16 Oct 2005
A wonderful open account of Sandras experiences written with a lot of courage.Sandra never once makes excuses for her situation.The book totally changed my own attitudes.....nothing is always black and white and the punishment doesnt always fit the crime.Shows the wonderful human spirit to survive under such conditions and the unfaulting love and support of her family even when told to "forget her" Loved the book ,great recommendation for parents to give to their children who are contemplating that overseas working holiday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book of great interest and very important information
I nearly dId not read this book as I have such a disgust for drug traffickers. Some thing in an Amazon review changed my mind.I can see this situation to trusting young people. Read more
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this book is the usual ,stuck in a foreign jail story , its ok ,but ,not if you,re looking for something different ,there,s a million books like these,i got it because it was cheap... Read more
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Brilliant read its tells you what not to do taking drugs for someone else and end up in a Thailand prision and the everyday hardship of living in small spaces. Read more
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Published 7 days ago by lil sis
5.0 out of 5 stars A horrific story told brilliantly.
This book was truly amazing and such an eye opener into a world I hope I never experience.
I would recommend to anyone as I just couldn't put it down.
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Published 17 days ago by Julie Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and researched; I have friends in Bangkok ...
Well written and researched; I have friends in Bangkok, not I hasten to add in the "Hilton" but they agree that this is near enough a close as it could be without being... Read more
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