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One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley [Kindle Edition]

Carol Ann Lee
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'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography

On 15 November 2002, Myra Hindley, Britain’s most notorious murderess, died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that ‘life’ really did mean ‘life’.

But who was the woman behind the headlines? How could a seemingly normal girl grow up to commit such terrible acts? Her defenders claim she fell under Ian Brady’s spell, but is this the truth? Was her insistence that she had changed, that she felt deep remorse and had reverted to the Catholicism of her childhood genuine or a calculating bid to win parole?

One of Your Own explores these questions and many others, drawing on a wide range of resources, including Hindley’s own unseen writings, hundreds of recently released prison files, fresh interviews and extensive new research. Compellingly well written, this is the first in-depth study of Hindley and the challenging, definitive biography of Britain’s ‘most-hated woman’.

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"A compelling read . . . a measured, humane effort to get beyond the hysteria and the horror" (The Independent)

"Scrupulously researched and clear-sighted . . . probably the most accurate account we have so far of how a 'perfect storm' of circumstances - psychological, moral and cultural - turned a damaged but sane young woman into the most notorious female killer of the twentieth century" (Mail on Sunday)

"Scrupulously unsensational . . . as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get" (Sunday Times)

"[A] fine book and may, indeed, be the definitive, straightforward take on a tragic, repugnant episode in the life of our post-war Britain" (The Herald)

"The most detailed, authoritative biography of Myra Hindley to date . . . offering a wealth of new detail" (Manchester Evening News)

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The first-ever in-depth study of Myra Hindley

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Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1969, Carol Ann Lee graduated from university in Manchester with a BA (Hons) degree in the History of Art and Design. Her first book was published three years later: 'Roses From The Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank' was the fulfilment of a childhood dream to write about Anne Frank. The Mail on Sunday described the book as "vivid and shattering. A work of real sympathy and imagination" and the Sunday Telegraph: "Excellent... serious, sensitive and scrupulous." 'Roses From The Earth' has been published in 15 countries to date.

This was followed by a biography of Anne's father, 'The Hidden Life of Otto Frank', a Guardian Book of the Week which was described by Reader's Digest as "a tour-de-force of history and humanity." The book has been the subject of several documentaries, and following her ground-breaking research into the family's betrayal, the Dutch government re-opened the case. Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, states: "Of the many authors, writers and historians who have written about Anne Frank and her father Otto, Carol Ann Lee is the most knowledgeable and sets new scholarly standards... There is nobody who has done more acute and focused research on the subject..." Carol also co-wrote 'A Friend Called Anne' with Anne's best friend Jacqueline van Maarsen and has written extensively on the Holocaust for children.

After living in Amsterdam for several years, in 2005 Carol returned to the UK, settling in York with her son. She turned to fiction writing: 'Come Back to Me', which was published in Holland, and 'The Winter of the World', a novel of the Great War which opens with the funeral of the Unknown Warrior and then takes us back to the trenches. 'The Winter of the World' was published in three languages and was a critical and commercial success in France especially, where it was nominated for two major awards.

In 2010, Carol returned to writing non-fiction with 'One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley', the definitive study not only of Hindley, but also of the Moors Murders case. Carol interviewed a wide cross-section of those involved, from the victims' families to the policemen who worked on the case originally, as well as many of Hindley's supporters. 'One of Your Own' was both a Times and an Independent Book of the Week and was featured on Radio 4. The Mail on Sunday awarded it a five star review, calling it "scrupulously researched and clear-sighted, the most accurate account so far"; The Sunday Times described it as "scrupulously unsensational and as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get."

During her research for 'One of Your Own', Carol met David Smith, which led to collaboration on the book 'Witness', in which David told his full story for the first time. In April 2012 'Witness' was republished as 'Evil Relations', just weeks before David died of cancer. The book was nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.

In September 2012, Mainstream published 'A Fine Day for a Hanging.' Screenwriter Laurence Marks said of the opening chapter: "Worthy of Truman Capote... the finest account of awaiting execution that I have ever read." The book was again nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.

Carol doesn't have a personal website, blog or Twitter page, but she runs the 'Searching for Keith' website alongside Alan Bennett, brother of the last missing victim of Brady and Hindley. Please visit for further details. You can also contact Carol via the forum.

A message from Carol Ann Lee: "Very many sincere and heartfelt thanks to every reader who has taken the time and trouble to leave such positive reviews of my books on Amazon. I do read them all, and am grateful to every single person who has contributed. I hope you will continue to read my books and leave (hopefully positive!) feedback. If ever an author tells you they don't read their reviews... don't trust them! When reviews are good, they light up your day, and even the less appreciative reviews often contain advice worth listening to, so thank you again to everyone who has left comments here."

You will be able to read Carol's new book in 2015.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Myra Hindley: Revealed! 9 April 2010
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Ever since the moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were sentenced to life imprisonment for the 'moors murders' in 1966, there have been a stack of books published, acres of news print, and numerous documentaries and dramas broadcast relating to these appalling crimes.

I have read most of the books. and the only Hindley biography published prior to this one was 'Inside the Mind of A Murderess' by Jean Ritchie. That was a well-researched biography, but it was nevertheless written over twenty years ago, before a vast archive of important information, documents and new evidence regarding Hindley and Brady was made public. The recent book by Duncan Staff, 2007's 'The Lost Boy' was misleading, contained countless inaccuracies and although was branded as the 'definitive account', told us practically nothing that we didn't already know.

Finally, in 2010, we know have the definitive book about Myra Hindley (1942-2002) and her crimes. This is the only book you'll ever need to purchase if you wish to find out what this evil and complex woman was really like, and what made her tick.

It really is the most accurate and extensively researched biography of a woman who for many years was demonised as the most evil woman in Britain. Author Carol Ann Lee has conducted fresh interviews with former friends and retired police officers, accessed Hindley's once private documents, and judging by the extensive bibliography and foot notes, has read every single book to ensure that she has written the facts, and nothing else.

When I first became interested in the crimes some five years ago, I confess that I did question whether Hindley had changed whilst she was in prison, and if she had been another victim of the sinister Ian Brady, as she had often later claimed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable. 10 April 2015
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This book was one of the most difficult I've ever read. To try and understand the life and actions of Myra Hindley was something I didn't take on lightly. I knew it would not be an easy read.

From her humble traditions in working class Manchester Hindley became notorious for her part in the Moors Murders. The author reconstructs Hindley's whole life, from birth to death, and the destruction that was left in her wake.

Detailing the relationship with Ian Brady, the words become more and more difficult to comprehend. How this woman could willingly be part of such heinous crimes just leaves one baffled. The author pulls no punches, neither sanitising or glamourising the crimes. The brutally cruel treatment of the five children is laid bare, horrifying in all the detail.

Hindley is without doubt a master manipulator. While Brady may be psychotic, Hindley's cold sociopathic nature cannot be ignored. Despite over 35 years in jail Hindley still minimised the pain and destruction that she meted out on the families of the children who were so horrifically slaughtered.

This is an intriguing, but extremely uncomfortable read. It has certainly educated me about the woman Myra Hindley was, but I feel no satisfaction in knowing what motivated her to embrace the life she did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful read that was moving 15 Oct. 2014
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Carol Ann Lee has finally produced an unbiased, fact based Biography without the sensationalist, journalistic dramatization present in a lot of other books about Hindley. Thoroughly researched, factually and historically correct - Lee gives a fair, unbiased analysis of Hindley, her life before, during and after her crimes, from a very unemotional perspective - something incredibly difficult to do when talking about subject matter such as this! A beautiful read that was moving, thought provoking and thorough! Can't recommend strongly enough if you have an interest in this subject
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Had to stop reading this as found it too upsetting. Carol Ann Lee has done a great job of explaining Myra Hindley's background in greater Manchester. It is well written and exceptionally thought provoking. My fault I couldn't continue with it - nothing to do with the writing. She was just telling it as it was!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations to the Author. 4 May 2010
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I have just read this book, after reading others on this complex and emotive subject and I must congratulate Carol Ann Lee on a job superbly done.

'One Of Your Own' is a beautifully written, painstakingly researched and at times surprising & moving book. It is a compelling page turner without ever resorting to sensationalism.

The way Lee has told the story of Myra Hindley's early life, relationships, crimes, prison life, her long & determined fight for release and her death, genuinely sheds new light on the woman, her mind and motivation.

This account is well rounded and puts powerful focus not only on the killers but also on the victims, their families, the communities in which Hindley & Brady struck and even the effect on the killers' relatives of their shocking crimes.

'One of Your Own' successfully conjours up the unique culture, atmosphere and values of the time and place, which puts the murders into their proper context.

Lee also shares fascinating new insights and information on the police investigation itself and how initially, Hindley & Brady's status as serial killers was almost missed. One dedicated policeman in particular emerges as someone quite special.

'One of Your Own' is by far the most well written and researched book I have read on the subject of the Moors Murders. Carol Ann Lee deserves great acclaim for this work. She has made a huge, fresh and superior contribution to the catalogue of writings on this most written about of child serial killings.

She has also achieved the near impossible in remaining objective while creating a colourful, multi faceted and utterly fascinating book. I do not know the lady and have not read any of her previous books but am terribly impressed and will now seek out more of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
This is an extremely interesting book. Generally I'm not much of a book reader, but I really couldn't put this down. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
In-depth look at the life of Myra Hindley. An interesting read.
Published 24 days ago by MR S C LAMB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book, really interesting!
Published 2 months ago by charity
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great detailed book on the Moors Murders and Myra Hindley's life. Let's you make up your own mind on what you think of this tragedy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Probably OK. Was a gift.
Published 3 months ago by John D.
3.0 out of 5 stars I gave this book a three stars not because it is a bad book but more...
This is a well written and researched book. There is an immense amount of detail about Hindley, her family and Brady before the time of the murders. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steelydang
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Still to read but as it's by Carol Ann Lee it should be quite revealing.
Published 4 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars no no no bla bla ba a
Please take the revie option of my page I will review when I want to not when forced to. It is the one thing I hate about kindle books being subjected to this and being told you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Myra
At last I summoned up the courage to read about the horrible crimes of Brady and Hindley. This book tells Hindleys story before and after meeting Brady. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D E Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best bio's i've ever read. gripping is an understatement.
Published 6 months ago by skywalker
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