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Madeleine [Hardcover]

Kate McCann
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Book Description

12 May 2011

'The decision to publish this book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts ... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth ... Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give. As with every action we have taken over the last four years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything ...

What follows is an intensely personal account, and I make no apology for that ...

Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.'

Kate McCann, May 2011

'It is a sad fact that not a single police force anywhere is proactively looking for Madeleine (as is the case for many other missing children). I am sure this book will re-energize the search for our daughter and the public will get behind the Find Madeleine campaign once again. It is simply not acceptable that the authorities have given up on Madeleine - especially when no comprehensive review of the case has been undertaken. Our daughter, and whoever took her, are out there. We need your help to find them.'

Gerry McCann, May 2011


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593067916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593067918
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You won’t find a more moving and powerful account of love and loss"--Douglas Wight, News of the World

"Madeleine is not only an impressive and well-written chronicle of a terrible crime, it is a must-read because someone out there knows something"--James Murray, The Sunday Express

"Powerful … Kate’s book blazes with the sheer, visceral force of her love for her daughter"--Sandra Parsons, Daily Mail

"Mrs McCann writes honestly about her torment"-- Robert Mendick, The Sunday Telegraph

"It’s hard to read these words without wanting to weep"--Christina Patterson, Independent

"This haunting account makes me rue the day I doubted them"--David Jones, Daily Mail

"It is high time the McCann haters pushed off... It seems clear that, far from self-justifying, or attention-seeking, this book is what it has always been about for the McCanns – a practical solution to fundraising."--Barbara Ellen, The Observer

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Kate McCann's personal account of the disappearance and continuing search for her daughter

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92 of 105 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A desperate appeal for funds? 22 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
Poorly written, seems more like an appeal eo you feel sorry for them and donate more money to the fund!

Very one sided and it appears they do not want any opinion other than their own to be heard, they do not acknowledge any failings in themselves or if they could have done anything to prevent this.

I was left with the opinion, if this was a working class family who this had happened to, there would be no sympathy, tv appearances and a "spokesperson" and social services would be all over them for leaving their children unattended. That is unbelievible, but seems to have been "erased" from this account.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's in a name? 31 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
Although I bought the book I find it almost impossible to buy into it. I will leave others to decide whether this is a heart breaking account or a pure work of fiction.

I will review just the first line of the book which reads as follows, "Before 3 May 2007, I was Kate Healy". Readers might ask so what? Well clearly this statement is untruthful. A tiny amount of detective work online shows that Kate signed herself on the Ocean Club crèche records for Madeleine and the twins as "Kate McCann" in the period 29 April 2007 to 3 May 2007 except for Madeleine on the afternoon of the 2 May 2007.

As Kate states on page 349 "On 4 May 2007, I became Kate McCann. According to my passport, driving licence and bank account I was Kate Healy. I hadn't kept my maiden name for any particular reason - it was just who I was and who I'd always been". On page 356 Kate also confirms "As Kate Healy, I could do what I liked, when I liked".

When I have to question the authors name before and after the 3 May 2007 should I not start to question the rest of what I am being told throughout the book?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really sure what to say. 5 Feb 2014
By bobajob
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book left me with more questions than answers, I think I need to 're read the McCann police files, there must be something there that someone missed ..... I find it hard to believe she disappeared into thin air someone is responsible, that someone has kept the secret this long so unless the police crack this case with evidence available she won't be found, unless someone confesses under pressure....
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By chel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really don't buy into a word of this! There are far too many inconsistancies in the case and also in the statements given by Kate, Gerry and the tapas group! Why on earth would Kate Mccann call a policeman searching for her daughter F'ing tosser F'ing tosser? And what was page 129 all about where she says she often imagines Maddies torn perfect little genitals? Then let's look at why Gerry & Kate supressed VITAL evidence for 5 yrs? Add this to the fact that they have earned millions off of Maddies disappearance which they used to pay off their mortgage and fight legal battles. 13% of these funds are actually used to search for Maddie!? I have also read the official pj files and seen the youtube video "the truth of the lie" and cadaver and blood dogs do not lie. I have also watched the Rebekah Brooks (Mccann) leveson inquiry via youtube and am following the current court case against her. The Amaral Goncalo libel case is currently underway and i have been keeping up with the court transcripts in which Gerry Mcanns sister is seen to be lying blaitantly which did very little to impress the judge i must say! lol The Mcanns hired "DODGY" detectives (crooks) with a string of convictions to search for Madeline? Amarals book banned by Mccanns has since had its' ban lifted? And the woman who spoke out against Amaral a convicted murderer!? The truth will out, eventually! Glad i only paid 1p for this hogwash. :)
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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Raises more questions than it answers 24 April 2013
By watcher
Format:Hardcover
Despite the fact that her picture adorns the front cover, this book is not about Madeleine McCann. If you were hoping by the end of it to know more about Madeleine, to feel as if she was a real little girl, then you will be sorely disappointed. Madeleine is a bit part player in the story that bears her name. This book is about her mother.

Although ''Madeleine'' leaves you with no 'sense' of Madeleine herself, it may afford you with an insight into Kate McCann's personality you could have happily lived without. Does she come over as a grieving mother? No. Does she come across as an angry, vengeful and spiteful woman? You bet she does.
Because this is a book about blame and getting even. Kate McCann blames everyone bar herself and her husband for the circumstances which led to their three year old daughter vanishing. There is no sense of anguish that at the time whatever happened to Madeleine was happening, they were not there, having decided that dinner came before sons and daughters. What there is, however, is a series of montages where Kate exacts revenge on those she appears to regard as ''the enemy'' or who appear to have offended her overwhelming sense of her own importance. So we are treated to her spiteful description of casually dressed police officers, too busy doing their job to fawn all over her, offering refreshments; plummy-voiced neighbours whose offer of help was met with a shouted obscenity and law enforcement officers who had the temerity to speak their native tongue in their native land. Even the priest is singled out for having a face that was too ''cheery'' for her liking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was a great book also very sad
it was a great book also very sad. how can the police live with themselves this family everyday wondering where their daughter is its enough to send them crazy nobody just goes... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Helen Gall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent & prompt service
Published 5 days ago by William Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad. Very hard
So sad . Very hard,
Published 5 days ago by Celia o Mahony
5.0 out of 5 stars very sad but a damn good read
A true and very frank account wrote from the heart , very sad but a damn good read
Published 7 days ago by Julie Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting Book
Published 7 days ago by Margaret Parfitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed reading the book such a truthful story told by Kate.
Published 9 days ago by Liz
1.0 out of 5 stars After reading this garbage I'm more convinced than ever that there was...
A work of fiction and a grotesque one at that. I refused to pay for Kate's self indulgent fantasy so I read it on line for free. Read more
Published 9 days ago by KBheffa
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
If there was any doubt in your mind about the legitimacy and pain of Madeleine's disappearance, this will change that. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good quality, price and speedy delivery
Published 11 days ago by Beverley Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
I bought this book as a gift and I believe that it was a lovely book to read and very heartbreaking. I would therefore recommend that this would be a nice book to read. Read more
Published 13 days ago by comhairle
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