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  • Published: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552165150
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.99

Madeleine

Our daughter's disappearance and the continuing search for her




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

‘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

  • Pub date: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552165150
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Kate McCann

Madeleine McCann was abducted in Praia da Luz, Portugal on Thursday, 3 May 2007. Kate and Gerry McCann established 'Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned' in response to the many generous donations that started to flood in from the general public who were wanting to help the search for their daughter in some way. As there had been no police force in the world actively looking for Madeleine since July 2008, the fund enabled a small team of committed and experienced people to investigate Madeleine's disappearance. It continues to support the search and also runs awareness campaigns in several countries, to ensure the public know that Madeleine is still missing, and to encourage them to remain vigilant.

Once Madeleine has been found, the fund will be used to assist searches for other missing children worldwide.


Praise for Madeleine

“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, 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, 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, Observer

“The saddest story I have ever heard... it touches levels of human agony far beyond the reach of everyday journalism”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

“This book brought tears to my eyes several times... but despite the tragedy at the heart of the book, there are flashes of humour”

Daisy Goodwin, The Sunday Times

“Deeply moving”

Angus McBride, Guardian

“A searingly honest book”

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, Daily Express

“Extremely honest and candid”

Lorraine Kelly, Sun

“(A) testament to the ferocity of maternal love”

Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph


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