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Carol Ann Lee
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14 April 2011

'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography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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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; Reprint edition (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845967011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845967017
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the second year running (2012/2013) Carol Ann Lee has been nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction. In 2012 she was nominated for 'Witness' (re-issued as 'Evil Relations') with her co-author David Smith, chief prosecution witness in the Moors Murders case. In 2013, her biography of the last woman to be hanged in Britain, 'A Fine Day for a Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story' has been nominated for the same accolade. The book, Carol's eleventh, has also been optioned for television.

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.

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." It has been optioned for television by Mammoth Productions, with a screenplay by Oliver Lansley.

At present (summer 2013) Carol is working on a new true crime title, which will be the last book ever issued by long-standing publishers Mainstream.

Carol doesn't have a personal website, blog or Twitter page, but she runs the 'Searching for Keith' website with her partner, Alan Bennett, brother of the last missing victim of Brady and Hindley. They are currently encouraging all visitors to their forum to sign the petition to urge the authorities to re-open the search for Keith at a specific location on the moors, working on compelling evidence from David Smith and one other trusted source. 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 spring 2014...

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Moors Murder Book Ever Written 19 July 2014
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. So well written and showing so much sympathy and dignity towards the victims and their families.

It was interesting how much Myra Hindley just loved herself and always sought to justify/mitigate or weasel out of her role in the murders.

She was determined from the outset to "get" Ian Brady into her life and she would stop at nothing to "keep" him. It's astonishing how many intelligent people she managed to manipulate and fool throughout her life in prison. I'm so glad she never got out and that her last years were miserable and beset with physical illness and infirmity. It couldn't have happened to a better person.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mammoth Account Of Moors Killer Myra 3 April 2010
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A very informative book on the life and death of Moors killer Esther Myra Hindley. Very accurate on dates times etc. Revelations in later years about Myra's role in the killings explored in depth, how this evil pair would stalk their victims-even rehearsing before the chosen day! Work colleaugues add their memories,and one local woman, a librarian remembered Myra taking out a book entitled 'Sexual Murders' at Brady's request.

After the first murder, Myra would ask the poor grieving Mother(Mrs Reade) if there had been any news or developments, knowing full well what she had just participated in! Seen for the first time, the infamous October (1965) arrest mugshot photograph in full length pose-the dark coat she is wearing is knee length-then you can see her from the legs down.

Neighbours recall how after she met Brady, she rarely acknowledged them, was never seen without her backcombed hair-and full make-up, one local girl remembered: "I used to see Myra wearing short skirts, even before they were fashionable-and my impression was that she looked rather tarty.." With frank and detailed information from one the original investigating officers from (1965).

Senior experienced officer's took it turns to grill Myra at Hyde (Town Hall) police station, and under the relentless and toughest questioning-Myra would not crack. Detective policewoman Margaret Campion recalled later: "I couldn't get anything out of her at all-all she was concerned about was her dog".

Policewoman Pat Clayton: "Myra was a hard arrogant young Woman-she wouldn't answer a question-nothing, nothing at all".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Since 1966, there have been countless documentaries broadcast, articles published, and books written about the crimes of the infamous moors murderess Myra Hindley (1942-2002).

I have read several books prior to this latest account of Hindley. The well researched 'Inside The Mind Of A Murderess 'by Jean Ritchie was my favourite but that was published over 20 years ago, before a vast archive of new evidence and documents regarding Hindley and her partner in crime Ian Brady were made public.

'The Lost Boy' by Duncan Staff (2007) was readable and provided detail.It was branded as "definitive", but even that account contained many inaccuracies despite being one of better books written about the subject. Staff had access to Myra's unpublished autobiography and was in contact with her when he made an acclaimed TV documentary on her life. However, 'The Lost Boy' didn't tell us a great deal of what we didn't already know.

"One Of Us" by Carol Ann Lee is THE book to buy for anyone wanting to know what this evil woman was really like and what made her tick.

It really is by far the most accurate and best researched book on the moors murders that I've ever come across. If you (like me when I first became interested in the case five years ago) questioned whether or not she had changed, whether or not she was just a victim of Brady's and a deeply reglious woman who was truly remorseful for her sins, a read of this chunky volume will perhaps make you (like I did) come to the conclusion that life simply wasn't enough. There is a lot of information revealed in here which speaks volumes about her character, and I know what I thought of her after studying the facts.

Carol Ann Lee has written the ultimate book about this controversial woman.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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 A superb, detailed account of the most talked about case in UK history
I purchased this edition of One of Your Own and can honestly say that it is the most thoroughly researched book on the case to date. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Victoria Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good detail
Very good detail looking forward to your new book on the Jeremy Bamber case who appears to be innocent
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read
I have found the book a very good read and I have taken notes from this in my research. This and other books also on the Moors case
Published 2 months ago by Moortobefound
5.0 out of 5 stars One of your own
Nothing new about the subject much the same as other books written about the murders did seen to go more into her childhood and her teenage years
Published 2 months ago by Jeanette
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
one of the best books I've ever read. highly recommend it to anyone interested in serial killers. am likely to buy more books by the author
Published 3 months ago by chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the case
Read from start to finish and was hooked. This book was extremely well researched and is the best one available about the Hindley/Brady case.
Published 4 months ago by Anthony Mark Walton
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Interesting review that shows Myra Hindley for what she was a, monster, not a victim or someone whom was controlled by Brady.
Published 4 months ago by stitch
5.0 out of 5 stars good
This has been a very good purchase and invaluable. I would advocate it to my family and friends. Glad I bought it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the emotionally weak
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in this type of thing as long as they are not easily affected emotionally. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
never wanted to know detail but this book is really good at explaining what went on. gave good feeling of what prison life was like and whilst no sympathy, it sets out life wasn't... Read more
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