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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


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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 1, 2012


    496 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook


    May 2, 2011

    Transworld Digital

    496 pages

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