Saving Gary McKinnon: A Mother's Story Hardcover – 17 Sep 2013
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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.
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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.
It took me some time to get through.... I actually found some of the chapters very difficult to read because of the injustices which were described within the pages were so very difficult for me to digest. Whilst our own justice system comes across as being ahead of the world in it's fairness; apparently it all falls apart if you fall foul of the Americans, who have the right to take any of us for trial in there own unbalanced judicial system if they suspect us of misdoing.
What a fight Janis and Gary had, I honestly don't know how in the world they kept the strength up for so long. You are truly an inspiration. I hope that Gary is now well and has recovered from his horrendous ordeal