Saving Gary McKinnon: A Mother's Story and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
£18.99
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Saving Gary McKinnon: A Mother's Story Hardcover – 17 Sep 2013


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£18.99
£3.90 £0.96


Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing; First Edition edition (17 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184954574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849545747
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

The inside story of one of the great political, legal and human dramas of the last decade... a remarkable story of a remarkable woman. --Duncan Campbell, The Guardian

A compelling read! Janis Sharp fought every single day for her son Gary McKinnon's freedom, knowing that without her stamina, determination and most of all her boundless love, Gary would have been at the mercy of a US government who wanted to make an example of him. Janis has all my admiration and respect, not only as a mother but as a tireless campaigner against an unjust law. The day Gary was liberated of the terrifying fear of extradition was a great day not just for him and his family, but for all of us - a day when justice, compassion and human decency prevailed. --Trudie Styler

[It] is impossible not to be touched by her determination to convince the system to take notice of the little people who so often get lost in it... Bravo Janis! --Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times

It is a fascinating read: inspiring, shocking... Equally, it comes as no real surprise that Sharp's book has an option to be turned into a film. --Stefanie Marsh

It is a book that every PR operator should read... There is no "reaching out" in Ms Sharp's book, no "share of voice". There is just unaffected and deeply affecting prose... I know from late-night email exchanges with her that she can outwrite most of those who make a living from it. --Michael Skapinker, Financial Times

About the Author

JANIS SHARP was born in Glasgow. She moved to London when Gary was a child and pursued a musical career. She later became a foster parent, going on to care for nearly fifty children.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tweedledum on 19 Nov 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Janis Sharp has fought a 10 year battle with the highest authorities for justice for her son Gary. In doing so she has spearheaded a fight for justice for every UK citizen who is or could be at risk of falling foul of the US extradition agreement. Janis has brought into the limelight the strengths difficulties needs of adults with Asperger syndrome and along the way has helped to bring together many remarkable passionate individuals who threw themselves into the campaign. A remarkable book by a remarkable woman. If you think this book has nothing to do with you think again. Gary's story, now that Janis has been able to tell it in it's entirety, turns out to have immense relevance for us all.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on 19 Nov 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am so pleased that Janis has written this book. I followed her on Twitter from my home in France and was aware of the injustices that Gary was subjected to.
Many people will have heard of Gary Mckinnon, branded as a computer hacker. Some have offered up an opinion without having a clue of what they were talking about. I hope that they read this book; they will understand their own ignorance.

I am not going to précis the book; this has already been done. However, I would like to tell you that Janis writes from the heart and I felt her pain and joy.

It is an incredible story. It is a cliché to say that 'if it was fiction you still wouldn't believe it,' but this happened and continues to happen to others.

As British subjects we are proud of our justice system, believing it to be honest and fair. We think that we are protected, particularly if we are vulnerable, but oh my, how wrong we are.

There are 'baddies' in this story but there are also some wonderful people who stood up for Gary. Janis is a lioness. She fought for her cub and is an amazing woman.

You will not regret reading this book. It will leave you pensive. This insight into British politics will chill you You will never think quite the same way about British politics and politicians again.

Thank you, Janis for sharing this with us.
Jenny
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Senga on 4 Dec 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having only read half of book yet I can't believe what a wonderful Mum Gary has.
I have already recommended the book to friends
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Whatever you may think about the rights and wrongs of this case there is no doubt that this is an absolutely riveting read by an extremely dedicated mother who just wasn't prepared to give up on her son. I struggled to put the book down as the reader is taken not just on a roller coaster ride of decisions, appeals, yet more appeals, but also on an emotional ride of the ups and downs of Gary and his family. Huge admiration to Janis and Wilson who just wouldn't give up. How does anyone put their life on effectively on hold for over 10 years and still have the strength to keep fighting is beyond me. A wonderful story which I would recommend to everyone.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By J. Baxter on 7 Jan 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I only followed the story for a few years and then lost touch with it. Never realised the full extent of the story and all the back ground to it. It really is worth reading. how his mother found the strength to keep battling against the odds is so wonderful to read. and to find out that the government had basically sold our rights down the river to the US I had no idea, it could so easily have been any person to fall so readily into this position of being extradited.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Learned many new aspects to the case and shocked at the UK government's handling and the narrow view taken by the judicary. WORTHY READ TO THE VERY LAST PAGE.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By blue eyes on 25 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am still reading this book, it has taken me some time to get through it. I am a mother of 4, one having autism so it interested me. I joined the campaign at the time and felt emphatically the distress this family endured. We parents of 'children' with disabilities often have to fight the fight to get what is needed for our 'children' nothing comes easy. But this family endured such stress for such a long period of time with the not knowing if Gary would be extradited to the US. Such a fight was fought and eventually won!! Thank goodness!! I hope life is good now for this lovely family after all they endured.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By P Carr on 14 Dec 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
You all should read this - an awful tale of years spent trying to get governments here to accept that it would be wrong to send Gary to the US to face years in jail for doing something totally harmless. It seems the Americans' main problem was that "He mocked us", but that hardly merits 60 years in prison. Our own government was not a lot better; they should have thrown this out within a month or two of the first American demands, rather than being scared of them and taking ten years to see sense.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback