Kate McCann refuses to do any public book signings and JK Rowling is forced to deny that she has had any
hand in the writing of Madeleine.
Kate McCann fears attack, 10 April 2011
Madeleine book tour abandoned as Kate is terrified of assault
By James Murray and Tracey
Sunday April 10,2011
KATE McCann is so fearful of being attacked she is refusing to
do public signings of her new book about the fight to find daughter Madeleine.
She will do television
interviews here and in Portugal, where Madeleine disappeared four years ago, but will not meet the public over fears for her
A source close to the publishers told the Sunday Express yesterday: "Kate doesn't want
to give anyone the opportunity of heckling her or attacking her during any promotional tour. It's been emotional enough
just writing the book."
The 348-page book, called Madeleine, is published on May 12, the little girl's
We can disclose that one of the groups that could potentially have caused trouble is The Madeleine
Foundation, which plans to distribute leaflets and step up an internet campaign confronting Kate and Gerry McCann on the date
They have already written to publishers Transworld demanding answers to 163 questions.
The questions include several put to the couple by the Portuguese police. One question asks: "How would the McCanns'
children have coped if there was an emergency while they were absent and out of earshot?"
They also ask why
the McCanns did not use the hotel's evening baby-sitting service.
The Foundation letter states: "Many
feel that the McCanns owe it to the public, whom they have so frequently asked for help, to give them reasonable answers to
Kate, 42, has written the book because the Madeleine Fund, set up by well-wishers, is getting
through money fast.
The McCanns want to be able to pay for further private detective work to track her down and
cling to the belief that Madeleine is still alive somewhere.
Kate has said: "My reason for writing is simple
– to give an account of the truth.
"Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search
The couple have devoted their lives to finding Madeleine.
They live in Rothley,
Leicestershire, with their six-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.
The couple say Madeleine was abducted from their
Algarve hotel apartment where the children had been left while they had dinner with friends a short distance away.
Public book-signings have become a risk for celebrities.
Last year former prime minister Tony Blair was pelted
with eggs and shoes by anti-war protesters at a signing in Dublin.
A year earlier X Factor star Leona Lewis was
punched in the face as she signed copies of her autobiography in London.
Hunt for Madeleine McCann: the next
chapter, 10 April 2011
|Hunt for Madeleine McCann: the next chapter The Telegraph
With funds dwindling and the trail gone cold, Kate McCann has written a hard-hitting book about the search for
her daughter, reports Robert Mendick
7:00AM BST 10 Apr 2011
Four years on, they still say prayers for Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz. Each week, the church in the centre of the Algarve
resort makes the same plaintive plea for "Madeleine and all missing children and their families".
McCann, the girl's mother, is sometimes there to hear them. She has made a series of secret trips back to the village,
staying with the local Anglican priest and his wife. Shunning the limelight, she goes alone, leaving behind her husband Gerry
and their twins, toddlers at the time of Madeleine's disappearance but now old enough to be at school. The public has
never been told until now of these solo trips.
But next month, Kate will find herself where she doesn't really
want to be – back in the full glare of the public spotlight. Her book, entitled simply Madeleine, is published on May
12 – the date of Madeleine's eighth birthday. She was just three when she went missing.
The McCanns hope
the book, published with help and guidance from JK Rowling, will re-invigorate the search for Madeleine.
Gerry McCann has been back at work for more than three years, resuming his career as a heart consultant, Kate has shown no
inclination to return to her day job as a GP.
Her life, instead, is devoted to the children, looking after two
and trying to find the other. And, for the past six months, she has been writing.
Her book is expected to raise
about £1 million for the fund established four years ago to find Madeleine. The money should be enough to pay
for private detectives to keep hunting for another two years, the fund having dwindled to £200,000.
will coincide with a media blitz that will include television interviews in the US, the UK and Portugal. Kate hates being
the centre of attention but knows she has to go through with it.
"My reason for writing is simple: to give
an account of the truth," she says. "Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we
have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.
"However, with the depletion of Madeleine's
Fund, the decision has been taken out of our hands. Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for
Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl."
Close friends say there is nothing
this deeply private woman would like more than to avoid the limelight.
Kate has made at least two secret trips
to Praia da Luz in the past 12 months. She stayed with Haynes Hubbard, the Anglican priest in the village, and his wife, Susan,
who is now a close friend.
"Look at her face when you see the television and newspaper pictures," says
Father Hubbard. "She doesn't enjoy being in front of the camera but she is prepared to do it because it might bring
her child back.
"They need money to carry on the investigation. They will never stop looking and that's
why this book has been written. It probably tears them apart to do this but the child is worth it."
close friend says: "She gets strength from being in the area where Madeleine went missing. I don’t get the impression
it is some kind of pilgrimage. It is not like she stands outside the apartment in tears."
Kate has spent the
past six months – when not caring for her two other children Sean and Amelie – shut away in her study writing
Madeleine. She has had help from the highest authorities. JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and a supporter of
the fund, has helped, including introducing Kate to her agent, Christopher Little.
The book has been painstakingly
produced. Kate has spoken widely to friends and family to make sure her recollection of events is precise. Emma Loach, the
daughter of the film-maker Ken Loach, has also become a close friend and adviser. She has made two television documentaries
about the McCanns, and is a regular visitor to the McCanns' home in Rothley in Leicestershire.
There has also
been input from the Tapas Seven, the group of friends on holiday with the McCanns when Madeleine was abducted on the evening
of May 3, 2007. They were dining with the McCanns when Madeleine vanished and have stayed loyal throughout.
libel law firm Carter Ruck has been through the manuscript. Friends and acquaintances suggest that Kate will "want to
settle scores" – particularly with the Portuguese police, who investigated the disappearance and became convinced,
wrongly, the child's parents were involved.
"She does not forgive what they put her through," says
one friend. "Kate is a strong woman and she knows what is right and what is wrong."
After they were made
arguidos – or suspects – back in September 2007 the McCanns finally left Portugal and returned to Rothley. Their
arguido status was lifted about a year later. The only other person named arguido – a local man, Robert Murat –
was also exonerated by the police at the same time.
Gerry returned to his job at a Leicestershire teaching hospital
a little over a month later. Though supremely hard-working, he is, of course, still deeply committed to finding his daughter
and active in overseeing the fund.
"Gerry is very much the bread-winner while Kate, when not looking after
the twins, spends most of her day on the campaign side," says a close friend, adding: "The book has taken up all
her time. It is a cathartic exercise."
The couple remain close. Kate is the more devout, attending mass at
her local church most Sundays, with their twins, now aged six. Gerry attends, too, if he is not working.
hasn't given up hope," says the local priest, Father Keith Tomlinson. "Obviously life has been so, so hard but
she is a strong character."
The village has been protective and Kate feels comfortable in and around the area.
"She doesn't like going to London," says a friend. "They get stared at out of ghoulish curiosity and she
finds that very uncomfortable. They are famous for all the wrong reasons."
The pair are both early risers
and fitness fanatics. Gerry often cycles the five miles to work while Kate, who was often photographed in Praia da Luz out
jogging, remains a keen runner. Their new-build house, in a cul-de-sac, is described as "immaculate but lived in",
the walls filled with photographs of the children. There are other poignant reminders of their missing daughter, such as a
poster of handprints hanging in the lounge, which was made by school children in Praia da Luz and given to Kate and Gerry
as a goodwill gesture.
Upstairs, Madeleine's bedroom has remained largely untouched. Occasionally birthday
and Christmas presents sent to her are put there, unopened, awaiting her return. The bedroom is largely off limits to guests
and Kate and Gerry have resisted all offers from the media to open it up for photographs and filming. "Don't get
the idea the room is some kind of shrine to Madeleine," warns a family friend. "Kate and Gerry are sensitive about
the bedroom. It is still Madeleine's room and it hasn't changed."
The hunt for Madeleine has been
going on for four years now. The Portuguese police began the search but from the outside it felt half-hearted, quickly abandoned
as detectives there grew convinced that, first, the little girl was dead and then, even worse, that the parents were somehow
In desperation and using money raised by the public and through benefactors, the McCanns hired one set
of detectives after another. Privately there is an admission the money has not always been wisely spent, though the couple
are happy with the team in place now.
One detective agency, based in Spain, promised to have Madeleine back by
Christmas – that was in 2007 – while another, Kevin Halligan, was arrested – after being awarded a £500,000
contract to find Madeleine – for widespread fraud. The new operation is said to be more professional but hamstrung by
a lack of resources and without the weight of the local police behind it. Sources say there are no obvious leads currently,
though surveillance operations are mounted from time to time in Portugal and beyond.
The book may be one last push
to find the girl. Kate and Gerry take heart from stories every now and then of missing children who suddenly turn up alive
– such as Jaycee Dugard in the US and Natascha Kampusch in Austria.
"We are hopeful that this book may
help the investigation to find Madeleine," says Gerry. "Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information
to come forward and share it with our team.
"Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw."
Kate McCann fear of an attack, 11 April
By Nadeem Akhtar
KATE McCann is too terrified of being attacked to do public signings
of her book about her missing daughter Madeleine.
Kate McCann has scrapped a UK tour and will only
do TV interviews in Britain, the US and Portugal.
A source close to the publishers said: "Kate doesn't
want to give anyone the opportunity of heckling or attacking her during a promotional tour."
called The Madeleine Foundation is "demanding answers" from Kate, 42, about what happened to the little girl who
disappeared in Portugal in 2007.
The book, out on May 12 to mark Madeleine's eighth birthday is expected to
raise £1million for the fund to find Madeleine.
JK Rowling's Maddy book, 11 April 2011
JK Rowling's Maddy book Daily Mirror
› She helps
Kate write story › Secrets of search revealed
BY GREIG BOX-TURNBULL
JK Rowling helped Kate McCann to write her book on missing
The Harry Potter author gave advice as she penned details of the youngster's 2007 disappearance
in Portugal. Kate hopes to raise £1million from the book. She said: "Every penny will go on the search for Madeleine."
SEE PAGE 7
helped Kate McCann write book on disappearance of daughter Madeleine Daily Mirror
by Greig Box-Turnbull
WITH cash draining from the fund
set up to hunt for Madeleine McCann, JK Rowling's pledge to help was a welcome boost to mum Kate.
Potter author gave the devastated 42-year-old advice and support as she wrote the harrowing details of the night her daughter
vanished from their holiday apartment on the Algarve.
Kate's book is expected to raise £1million and
she and husband Gerry, both 42, hope it will help shed new light on how Madeleine vanished four years ago.
45, is a supporter of the Madeleine Fund, which has dwindled to £200,000.
called Madeleine, will be published on May 12, the youngster's eighth birthday. The money it raises should be enough
to pay for private detectives to keep working on the case that gripped the world for another two years
Rothley, Leics, said: "My reason for writing is simple, to give an account of the truth.
this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very
"However, with the depletion of Madeleine's fund, the decision has been taken out of our
hands. Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than
finding our little girl."
Gerry added: "We are hopeful this book may help the investigation to find
"Our hope is that the book may prompt those who have relevant information to come forward and share
it. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw."
Rowling has been heavily involved in the search for Madeleine
since she vanished in May 2007. The writer offered a reported £1million reward to find the youngster.
also donated to the fund set up to aid the worldwide search. Rowling arranged for a poster featuring Madeleine to be made
available to book retailers across the globe.
And last November she helped Kate and Gerry to secure their book
deal. She suggested they use her literary agent Christopher Little, who arranged a publishing contract with Transworld.
Last January, Rowling met the couple, both doctors, at a fund-raising event in London to mark the 1,000th day since
Madeleine vanished from Praia da Luz.
Her official website features a Madeleine section giving details of her case
and phone numbers to contact with information.
Since the youngster disappeared on May 3, 2007,
aged three, Kate, also mum to six-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, has made a number of secret trips back to the resort.
She goes alone and stays with Haynes Hubbard, the local Anglican priest and his wife Susan.
said: "She doesn't enjoy being in front of the camera but she is prepared to do it because it might bring her child
"They need money to carry on the investigation. They will never stop looking and that’s why this
book has been written.
"It probably tears them apart to do this but the child is worth it."
Friends say Kate will "want to settle some scores" – particularly with the Portuguese police, who investigated
the disappearance and became convinced, wrongly, the child's parents were involved.
After numerous false hopes
in the search the book may be one last throw of the dice for the family.
JK's magic touch to help Kate raise
£1m, 11 April 2011
JK's magic touch to help Kate raise
£1m Daily Mirror (paper edition)
Rowling to demolish £1m house
to expand garden, 12 April 2011
Rowling to demolish £1m house to expand garden The Independent
By Jonathan Brown
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 [00:06 AM]
Yesterday it emerged that the author had given a helping hand to Kate McCann, the mother of the
missing eight-year-old, Madeleine, with her account of the disappearance in Portugal four years ago. But Rowling denied reports
that she had written the book which is due to be published next month.
In a statement a spokesman for the author
said: "While JK Rowling has been a long-term family supporter, her only part in bringing the book to publication has
been in supporting the fact that her literary agent was also representing Kate. Beyond this, she has not been involved in
any aspect of the writing, editing or publication of the book."
Full statement from JK Rowling PR:
To clarify recent reports regarding JK
Rowling's involvement in Kate McCann's forthcoming book, Madeleine. While JK Rowling has been a long-term family supporter,
her only part in bringing the book to publication has been in supporting the fact that her literary agent was also representing
Kate. Beyond this, she has not been involved in any aspect of the writing, editing or publication of the book.
JK Rowling 'not helping Kate McCann
write a book about Madeleine', 12 April 2011
JK Rowling 'not helping Kate McCann write a book about Madeleine' Leicester Mercury
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 09:30
There is no truth in reports that
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is helping Kate McCann write her book about her missing daughter Madeleine, a family spokesperson
said last night.
A number of national newspapers yesterday reported that the best-selling author was helping the
McCanns write their account of how three-year-old Madeleine went missing while on holiday in Portugal almost four years ago.
Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said that while Ms Rowling and the McCanns share the same literary agent, the author
had played no part in the publication of the book, called Madeleine.
Speaking to the Mercury, he said: "In
the light of recent reports citing JK Rowling's involvement in the Kate's forthcoming book, I can confirm that while
she has been and continues to be a long time family supporter, her only involvement in bringing the book to publication has
been via her literary agent Christopher Little, who has also been representing Kate.
"Beyond this, J K Rowling
has had no involvement in the writing, editing or publication of the book."
The book will be released by publishers
Transworld on May 12 – Madeleine's eighth birthday.
J.K.Rowling Official Site - Missing
Madeleine, 12 April 2011
J.K.Rowling Official Site - Missing Madeleine jkrowling.co.uk (text only)
Greg Box-Turnbull, in his recent piece for the Daily Mirror stated, of JK Rowling, that 'Her official
website features a Madeleine section giving details of her case and phone numbers to contact with information.'
However, it is clear the page to which he refers (reproduced below) dates back to 2007 and is, in fact, no longer accessible
through the official JK Rowling website.
Whether the link to the page, and all reference to Madeleine, has
been removed by accident or design is a question only the Harry Potter author could answer.
Originally published: June/July 2007
Jerry and Kate McCann released this last photograph of their daughter before her abduction in
the Algarve eight weeks ago. The picture is of Madeleine sitting by the swimming pool on the day she was snatched from her
bed. Kate took the photo of Madeleine at 2.29pm on May 3 - Mrs McCann's camera clock is one hour out so the display reads
1.29pm. Less than eight hours later, before 10pm that night, Madeleine disappeared. Mr and Mrs McCann, backed by an army of
friends and family, remain convinced that four year old Madeleine is alive and are praying, along with people around the world,
for her safe return.
How you can help
If you have any information you can call:
direct on 00351 282 405 400
Or British Police on 0800 096 1233
You can also give information anonymously to
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you were in Praia da Luz, Portugal or the surrounding area in the two weeks leading up to
Madeleine's disappearance on Thursday May 3, the police may be interested in any photographs you took while there. In
particular they would like any pictures that have people in them who you don't know as opposed to scenery shots or pictures
of just your own family. You can submit them to the police by visiting http://madeleine.ceopupload.com
McCanns: 'JK Rowling is not helping
write our book about Madeleine', 12 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at
JK Rowling is not helping write our book about Madeleine.
Rowling 'not helping Kate McCann write a book about Madeleine'
There is no truth in reports that Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is helping
Kate McCann write her book about her missing daughter Madeleine, a family...
response to comments:
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 19:25
everyone for the lovely comments. We had to set the record straight because that info was not true.
JK Rowling and Kate McCann's book
- various reports, 12/13 April 2011
JK Rowling and Kate McCann's book - various reports
'A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes'
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
JK Rowling helps Maddie's mum Closer magazine (France)
11:00 April 12,
The mother of Harry Potter decided to come to the aid of another mother,
Kate McCann, the mother of Maddie, who disappeared in May 2007. Objective: To assist her in the publication of a book.
The richest author in Britain, decided to help her neighbour, none other than Kate McCann, the mother
of Madeleine, the little girl who disappeared in 2007 while she was holidaying with her parents in Portugal.
JK Rowling has helped Kate to write a book which traces the disappearance of Maddie. Not out of an unhealthy need for publicity,
just the desire to help.
It must be said that to continue to search for their daughter, the McCanns need a million
pounds (about 1.13 million euros) if they want to continue to pay their private investigators for another two years. Sales
of the book would therefore allow the devastated parents to put aside money to continue to search for their child.
If JK Rowling has helped Kate McCann in writing her book, she did not stop there. The star of the libraries also contacted
the couple with her agent, who himself organized a deal with the publisher Transworld. Result, the book is ready for publication
and will be released on May 12, the date of the abduction of Maddie.
Kate told the British newspaper the Daily
Mail that the decision to publish a book came after lengthy discussions between the couple. "Every penny we raise
through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl."
Let's hope the magic wand of JK Rowling helps a little in the fight of the McCanns ...
Potter author helps parents of missing girl Rio Negro (Argentina)
They are writing a book about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine in 2007. For the Portuguese police the girl
died in the apartment where she spent the holiday and her body was hidden.
18:07 [12/04/2011 14:07 BST]
The author of the Harry Potter saga, Joanne K. Rowling, is helping the parents
of the missing British girl Madeleine McCann to write a book on the subject, which goes on sale on May 12 when the child is
eight years old.
Maddie disappeared four years ago during a family holiday in Portugal's Algarve. With the
book, "Madeleine," Kate McCann aims to shed light on the disappearance of her daughter, the search and investigation
work of the Portuguese police and the allegations against the family, informs the Dpa agency.
Rowling, who has
made billions through her stories about the boy wizard, has spent years making donations to the McCanns' fund which finances
the search for the child.
The Portuguese authorities believe that Madeleine died in the apartment where her parents
spent the holiday and was not abducted. This thesis is defended by former chief investigator of the case, Gonçalo Amaral,
in a book entitled "Maddie: The truth of the lie."
The McCann's lawyer, Isabel Duarte, said recently
that the investigator's book adds to the suffering of the parents and hinders the search for the girl.
disappeared on May 3, 2007. Her parents launched a media campaign to look for her that went around the world.
first, police investigated on the basis of a possible abduction, but then bowed to the fact that the girl had died in the
apartment and her parents hid the body.
Police could not prove this thesis, and in July 2008, the Justice department
closed the case. Both sides want the reopening of investigation. The father of the girl, Gerry McCann, criticized the police
for giving up.
McCanns enlist help of Harry Potter author New Zealand Herald
By Paul Harper
12:23 PM Wednesday Apr 13, 2011 [01:23 AM Wednesday Apr 13, 2011
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is to help write a book about missing three-year-old Madeleine
McCann to fund the quest to find her, The Daily Mail reports.
The missing girl's mother, Kate, is
writing an account of the events following Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007, and has enlisted the assistance of Rowling.
The Madeleine Fund was set up after the three-year-old went missing from her parents' Portuguese holiday apartment
in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz.
More than £1m (NZD$2.03m) in donations was raised within four months,
but just GBP£200,000 (NZD$414,000) remains.
"Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision
and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart. However, in the last few months with the
depletion of Madeleine's Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands," Mrs McCann told
The Daily Mail.
"Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine.
Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.
"We are hopeful that this book may help the
investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too."
The fund has been used to hire private investigators,
fund a publicity campaign and pay legal fees.
However, the McCanns copped criticism after it emerged that money
from the fund had been spent on their mortgage and on living expenses, The Daily Mail said.
JK Rowling link to McGann [sic] book
ruled out, 13 April 2011
JK Rowling link to McGann [sic] book ruled out The Herald (Plymouth)
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:00
A SPOKESMAN for Kate McCann has denied
reports that Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is helping her write her book about her missing daughter Madeleine.
It has been reported that the former University of Exeter student was helping the McCanns write their account of how three-year-old
Madeleine went missing while on holiday in Portugal almost four years ago.
Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said
that while Ms Rowling and the McCanns share the same literary agent, the author had played no part in the publication of the
book, called Madeleine.
The spokesman said: "In the light of recent reports citing JK Rowling's involvement
in Kate's forthcoming book, I can confirm that while she has been and continues to be a long-time family supporter, her
only involvement in bringing the book to publication has been via her literary agent Christopher Little, who has also been
"Beyond this, J K Rowling has had no involvement in the writing, editing or publication
of the book."
The book will be released by publishers Transworld on May 12 – Madeleine's eighth
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in
the Algarve on May 3, 2007.
Exeter's Jane Tanner and Dr Russell O'Brien were with the couple at the time.
Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, Madeleine has not been found.
The confusion of a media spokesperson,
14 April 2011
The confusion of a media spokesperson 20 Minutes Online (German)
Kate McCann has written a book about the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine, while receiving support from the author
of Harry Potter, it was said two days ago. Well, that's wrong. The message is part of a confused public relations strategy.
14. April 2011 10:47
Only two days ago it could be read in the British
press that the Harry Potter author JK Rowling had participated in the book which Kate McCann has written. In it the mother
recounts her "true story" about Maddie, who disappeared in May 2007. In the original message, which the McCanns
own spokesman Clarence Mitchell apparently let the media publish, the reader got the impression that JK Rowling had not only
provided literary support, but also provided Kate McCann with the necessary contacts to her publisher.
it turns out that the announcement was incorrect. As the "Leicester Mercury" reports, the spokesman for the McCann
family later felt obliged to revise his statement, "on account of the many media reports it must be made clear
that JK Rowling is not involved in the book at all - neither in the writing nor in the publication". The Harry Potter
author had supported the McCanns in the search for their daughter, said Mitchell, but that was all.
On various Madeleine forums the false report was received with horror. Clarence
Mitchell is also referred to as "brazen" and "influential" in terms of the publication of media releases
in the British media. The McCanns are only concerned about money, write indignant users. They would know that just mentioning
the name of JK Rowling, for the book, which will come out in bookshops on 12 May, would ensure it sold better, is their opinion.
Finally, they would have "their army of top lawyers, PR people and shady private detectives' to pay. Among other
things, the name of lawyer Michael Caplan is mentioned - in 1999, he prevented the extradition of Chilean dictator Augusto
Pinochet to Spain.
Reopening the wounds: Kate McCann visits
Maddie's room twice a day and the pain is raw. But she hopes her book will revive the hunt, 15 April 2011
|Reopening the wounds: Kate McCann visits Maddie's room twice a day and the pain is raw. But
she hopes her book will revive the hunt Daily Mail
By NATALIE CLARKE
Last updated at 10:26 PM on 15th April 2011
Earlier this week, Kate McCann signed off the final chapter of her book about her lost daughter, Madeleine. It is now with
the publishers, and a rush is on to have the book edited, printed and on sale by the planned publication date of May 12, which
will be Madeleine's eighth birthday.
The book, simply entitled Madeleine, gives Kate's account, in her
own words, of her daughter's disappearance during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007, and the dramatic
events that followed.
Four years after Madeleine's disappearance, there is, sadly, still no prospect of an
epilogue to the book anytime soon, answering that heart-rending mystery: Where is Maddie?
As the years have passed, the answer to that question seems
more elusive than ever.
The trail seemed to go stone-cold long ago, and all new leads appear to be red herring
after red herring.
Kate and Gerry McCann are desperate to reignite the search for their daughter, but where do
With Kate's book, it would seem. Close friends say the McCanns are pinning all their hopes on Kate's
story prompting someone, somewhere, to come forward with new information.
The aim of the book is two-fold: to put
Madeleine's disappearance back in the spotlight, and to raise funds so that the McCanns' team of private investigators
can continue their work in trying to find her.
Reliving those first terrifying days after Madeleine vanished, and
charting the dramatic events in the months that followed when even Kate and Gerry became suspects in their daughter's
disappearance, has been an intensely painful experience for Kate.
The tortured look that has been etched on the
42-year-old doctor's face since Madeleine's disappearance is still in evidence, and friends say she looks tired, thin
Kate began writing the book five months ago on the computer in her study at the family home in Rothley,
A family friend describes how she would write through the day, while the couple's six-year-old
twins, Sean and Amelie, were at school, and then return to her study to write late into the evening after the children had
gone to bed.
She turned down the offer of a ghost writer because she wanted the book to be in her own words.
Pouring intense emotion into the book has given Kate a sense of focus, as well as renewed hope that Madeleine will
Meeting publishing deadlines has also given Kate a feeling that she is doing something both positive
and purposeful in her struggle to discover what has happened to her hazel-eyed daughter.
The McCanns hope sales
of the book will raise more than £1million for Madeleine's fund. The book's launch will be accompanied
by several television interviews.
'Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl,' Kate
writes on the Find Madeleine website.
'Our hope is that the book may prompt those who have relevant information
(knowingly or not) to come forward and share it with our team.'
The publication of this book will propel the
family back onto the world's front pages and, as Kate herself remarks, they embark on this latest chapter in the Maddie
story with very heavy hearts.
The McCanns' fateful decision to leave Madeleine alone in a Portuguese holiday
apartment with their then two-year-old twins, while they dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar, was one of the most controversial
stories of the decade.
There were even lingering suspicions, however unfair given that the
allegations made against the couple have never been substantiated and the McCanns have been totally exonerated, that they
had somehow been involved in their daughter's disappearance.
But in the months that followed, the Portuguese
policeman heading the investigation, Goncalo Amaral, became suspicious that the McCanns were somehow involved in their daughter's
disappearance. There were claims of inconsistencies in the couple's account of what they did on the night in question,
and criticism that Kate didn't seem 'emotional' enough in the wake of what had happened.
suspicion and groundless rumour were stripped away, however, Amaral's 'case' against the McCanns was based almost
entirely on the evidence of two springer spaniels.
When the police dogs barked after being let loose in the apartment
from which Madeleine had gone missing, Amaral saw it as apparent confirmation that they had detected blood and 'the scent
of death' at the apartment.
Amaral became convinced that Madeleine had died accidentally in the apartment,
and that her parents had then staged an elaborate cover-up.
The couple were formally declared 'arguidos'
— meaning suspects — in September 2007, four months after Madeleine's disappearance. That 'arguido'
status was lifted a year later.
But false suspicions about the McCanns had been stirred, and sadly opprobrium amongst
some lingers to this day.
For these reasons, the launch of the book will be low-key. Kate will not be doing any
signings because she has serious fears about being subjected to verbal abuse, or even physical attack.
'Kate doesn't want to give anyone the opportunity to have
a go at her during any promotional tour,' a friend told the Mail. 'Just writing the book has been emotional
As an example of the deep unpleasantness the McCanns have to deal with, you have to go no further
than an organisation called The Madeleine Foundation, which has a website demanding answers from the McCanns to some 163 questions
concerning the case.
The group, which comprises 28 members but claims it has thousands of supporters who have looked
at the website, has already written to the McCanns' publishers, Transworld, requesting answers to its 163 questions and
is planning to step up its campaign to coincide with the publication of the book.
Around the time Kate McCann was
finishing her book this week, the organisation was taking delivery of 10,000 leaflets entitled 'What happened to Madeleine
McCann: 50 facts about the case that the British media are not telling you.'
It now plans to distribute them
to homes and shops across the country. The leaflet is divided into four sections: 1) Major contradictions in the statements
of the McCanns and their friends. 2) The highly trained police dogs who detected the scent of a corpse. 3) Strange things
the McCanns have said and done. 4) How the McCanns wasted public money on useless private detectives.
In 2009, 30,000 similar leaflets were distributed around the country
— including Kate and Gerry's home town — before the McCanns' lawyers, Carter-Ruck, obtained a High Court
undertaking from the group's secretary, retired solicitor Tony Bennett, to halt the leafleting.
He also agreed
to stop sales of a book he had written, entitled What Really Happened To Madeleine McCann: 60 Reasons To Suggest She Was Not
'Many people subscribe to the view, to one degree or another, that we are not being told the whole
truth,' says Mr Bennett, seemingly oblivious to the pain he is causing the couple.
Just as cruel as The Madeleine
Foundation are a number of internet sites established with the sole purpose, it would seem, of smearing the couple. Online
comments from the public on such sites are often poisonous in the extreme — vitriol likely to intensify after the book
goes on sale.
The McCanns have taken successful legal action to prevent the publication in Britain of Amaral's
book about the case, The Truth Of The Lie, in which he repeats his hypothesis that the McCanns were involved, but key extracts
of the book are available online, fuelling the McCanns’ torment still further.
It has, of course, been impossible
for Kate and Gerry to lead a normal life after all they have been through.
For the first few years after Madeleine
disappeared, Kate was a virtual recluse. She gave up her part-time position as a GP at a practice in Melton Mowbray, closeting
herself away in the family's smart new-build home in a quiet cul-de-sac.
She felt too depressed and anguished to venture far, and found
it hard to deal with the stares she would get when she was out and about.
Over the past year or so, however, she
has begun to circulate more often. Each morning, she prepares breakfast for the twins before seeing them off to their Roman
Catholic primary school.
The school still holds a place for Madeleine, who was enrolled to become a pupil there
in September 2007. Such details are a heart-breaking reminder of the little girl the McCanns have lost.
twins are at school, Kate goes for a long run around the country lanes close by. At weekends, she is often seen out and about
with the twins in the village, taking them to swimming and dancing lessons at a local leisure centre.
sets aside time twice a day to sit quietly in Madeleine's bedroom, which friends say brings her comfort and solace. The
twins sometimes play in the room, but it is off-limits to visitors.
Gerry, 41, works long hours as a heart specialist
at a teaching hospital in Leicester, often cycling to work and back.
Most Sundays, the family walk together to
Mass at their local Roman Catholic church, where prayers continue to be said for Madeleine’s safe return to her family.
Kate and Gerry do not socialise much these days, but remain close to their friends, David and Fiona Payne, who were
part of the group dubbed the 'Tapas Nine' after they dined together on the night Madeleine vanished.
say that Kate and Gerry remain close, although the agony of losing Madeleine has inevitably placed strains upon them.
In the past year, Kate has made a couple of trips alone back to Praia da Luz, staying with the local Anglican priest, Haynes
Hubbard, and his wife, Susan, who have become close friends. Kate feels closer to her daughter there.
She and Gerry
have been bitterly frustrated by the lack of progress made by private detectives.
One particularly inept Spanish
outfit, Metodo 3, promised to have Madeleine home by Christmas. That was the Christmas of 2007.
Kevin Halligen, is alleged to have conned the McCanns out of £300,000 and is currently fighting extradition to the U.S.
on other fraud claims.
But the McCanns are said to be happy with their current team, led by former British police
detectives Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley.
Various individuals continue to emerge, claiming to know Madeleine's
whereabouts. In February, Marcellino Italiano, an Angolan-born nightclub bouncer, claimed she had been snatched by an Algarve-based
paedophile ring which smuggled her into America.
To the McCanns' intense frustration, the Madeleine police
files have been officially abandoned.
The couple are calling for the case to be reopened, and have launched an
online petition in support of that call, which they are asking supporters to sign. When they have 50,000 signatures on it,
they will take their case to the Home Secretary.
For now, however, they are hoping Kate's book will succeed
where every other attempt to find Madeleine has not, prompting someone finally to come forward with the crucial piece of information
that will unlock the mystery.
See also: The Madeleine Foundation - 163 Questions and 50 Facts, as referenced in the article above.
My secret search for Maddy, 16 April
|Irish Independent - weekend review, front page
|Irish Independent - weekend review, pages 2 and 3
Note: This article by Robert Mendick previously
appeared in The Telegraph, 10 April 2011, under the headline: 'Hunt for Madeleine McCann: the next chapter'
Fresh hope in the hunt for Madeleine
McCann, 17 April 2011
Ben Goldby, Sunday Mercury
Apr 17 2011
KATE McCann has penned a book about her lost daughter Madeleine to encourage people to come
forward with fresh information.
The new book, simply titled Madeleine, is due to be published on May 12, which
will be the Leicestershire schoolgirl's eighth birthday.
Among heartbreaking details about life since Madeleine's
disappearance during a family holiday at Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007 Kate reveals that she still visits Maddie’s
bedroom twice a day.
Kate and her husband Gerry, both 42, are desperate to re-ignite the search for their daughter,
and hope that the book will jog memories and help create new lines of inquiry in a case that has been cold for years.
Friends say the McCanns are pinning all their hopes on Kate's story prompting someone to come forward with new information.
They also hope to raise funds so that their team of private investigators can continue trying to find Madeleine four
years after the little girl disappeared from their holiday apartment as they dined out with friends.
have had bad luck with private investigators. American Kevin Halligen, is alleged to have conned the McCanns out of £300,000
and is currently fighting extradition to the US on other fraud claims.
Their hunt is now being led by two British
Kate began writing the book five months ago at the family home in Rothley, Leicestershire, while
looking after the couple's six-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie.
Qualified doctor Kate relives the first days
after Madeleine vanished in the book, and charts the media storm in the months that followed when Kate and Gerry became suspects
in their daughter's disappearance.
She turned down the offer of a ghost writer because she wanted the book
to be in her own words.
The McCanns hope sales of the book will raise more than £1million for Madeleine's
The couple have taken successful legal action to prevent the publication in Britain of Portugese cop Goncalo
Amaral's book about the case, The Truth Of The Lie, in which he repeats his hypothesis that the McCanns were involved.
Since Madeleine disappeared, Kate has given up her part-time position as a GP at a practice in Melton Mowbray, and
has spent the last five months working day and night on the new book.
Madeleine McCann: Piers Morgan 'to
seal deal', 18 April 2011
By Daily Express Reporter
Monday April 18,2011
CHAT show host Piers Morgan is favourite to clinch
the first major TV interview with Kate McCann to kick start a new global campaign to find her daughter.
The former Britain's Got Talent judge is in a bidding war with US rival Oprah Winfrey but is boasting: "I'll
Kate, 42, is prepared to appear on camera after writing Madeleine, her account of the 2007 disappearance
of her daughter while on holiday in Portugal.
She and husband Gerry hope the book – published on May 12,
Madeleine's eighth birthday – will be read by the girl's abductors.
Kate says a high-profile interview
in the US will re-ignite the hunt.
Morgan, 46, took over from chat legend Larry King to front the CNN show in January.
Oprah, who had Kate as guest on her show two years ago, is desperate to win her back.
But a McCann source
said: "The two giants of American chat shows are battling it out. The deal is not done but Piers is hot favourite."
Madeleine McCann and the Government's
Counter-Terrorism strategy, 18 April 2011
Madeleine McCann and the Government's Counter-Terrorism
strategy Lord Toby Harris blog
Lord Toby Harris
A little bird tells me that there is great consternation in the Home Office at the news that
Kate McCann's book on the disappearance of her daughter, Madeleine, is due out on 12th May.
Is this because
of fears that there may be revelations in the book about links between the British police and the rather inept Potuguese police
The real reason is that the 12th May was ear-marked by the Home Office
for the publication of the Government's new and revised CONTEST (Counter-Terrorism) Strategy. And there is panic amongst
Government spin doctors that Kate McCann's story might upstage it.
And the likely outcome: the CONTEST Strategy
will be delayed.
I am sure that will be reassuring to Al Qaeda.
Kate McCann's book reduced to £10.00
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Madeleine leaflet ban, 01 May 2011
By Daily Star Reporter
KATE McCann has banned protesters from handing out controversial
leaflets about daughter Madeleine's disappearance as she promotes her new book.
mum faces the fourth anniversary of her daughter's disappearance on Tuesday.
But Kate, 43, has consulted lawyers
after The Madeleine Foundation produced thousands of leaflets detailing what it says are "50 facts about the case the
British media are not telling you".
The group has started distributing them across the UK but it has been
banned from putting them out in the McCanns' home village of Rothley, Leics.
Tony Bennett, who runs the foundation,
said: "There are a huge number of people who are sceptical and there is a demand for the other side of the story."
Kate's book, called Madeleine, will be published on May 12, the little girl's eighth birthday. She is hoping
it will prompt some new information about Madeleine vanishing from Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Foundation statement re: Leaflet ban
2 May 2011
1. The Madeleine Foundation has had no legal letters about
the '50 FACTS' leaflet
2. The Madeleine Foundation has not received any Court order banning us from distributing
'50 FACTS' (whether in Rothley or elsewhere)
3. The Madeleine Foundation has not received notice of any
Court proceedings about the '50 FACTS' leaflet
4. The Madeleine Foundation made an on-the-record statement
two months ago that we would not be leafletting in Rothley
5. Even if there were a Court Order banning our distributing
the '50 FACTS' leaflet in Rothley, that would not stop anyone else distributing the leaflet in Rothley
The leaflet is freely available for download on this forum
7. The leaflet is produced by The Madeleine McCann Research
Group, not by The Madeleine Foundation
8. Thousands of the leaflet have already been distributed in this country
9. A prominent pro-McCann commentator challenged me to a debate on the accuracy of the '50 FACTS'
leaflet but then withdrew her challenge, unable to come up with even one factual inaccuracy in the leaflet
We would like to place on record our thanks to the Daily Express, the Daily Mail and The Star who
in the past fortnight, by mentioning us, have caused tens of thousands more to visit our website, many reading our in-depth
background articles, and some becoming new members and ordering our latest book.
Madeleine Foundation 2 May 2011,
Mother of Maddie launches book to "tell
the truth", 03 May 2011
Mother of Maddie launches book to "tell the truth" tvi24
Kate McCann says she wants to tell the parent's "version of events"
By: TVI24 / SM | 3 - 5-2011 18: 17
Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
The mother of Madeleine McCann will launch a book with the name of her daughter, on May
23 in Lisbon, four years after the child's disappearance, which is marked this Tuesday.
In a press note sent
by their publicists in Portugal, quoted by Lusa news agency, Kate McCann states that the book was written with the objective
to "tell the truth", and the "version of the events" of Maddie's parents.
The mother of
the child added that "it was not an easy decision" to write the book 'Madeleine', with every penny that
is raised through sales of the book being used for "the investigation and search for Madeleine".
is more important to us than finding our little girl," Kate explained.
Her husband, Gerry McCann, said he
was hopeful that the book "will help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too". "Our hope is that
it may prompt those who have relevant information (knowingly or not) to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody
holds that key piece of the jigsaw," he said.
The English girl disappeared on May 3, 2007, from the room where
she slept with her twin siblings, whilst the parents dined with a group of friends at a near-by restaurant, in the tourist
resort of the Ocean Club, in the village of Luz.
After 11 days of investigation, the Judiciary Police constituted
an English citizen as arguido, Robert Murat, for suspicions of being involved in the case, but found no evidence
to arrest him.
Without the body and the perpetrators of the crime, the Judiciary Police(PJ), who initially admitted
the abduction, turned the course of the investigation in August 2007 towards the likely death of the child, with suspicions
falling on the parents, Kate and Gerry, both doctors.
The turnaround in the investigation was based on biological
evidence collected in the apartment and in the car rented by the McCann couple, 25 days after the disappearance of their daughter.
After having undergone several hours of questioning at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the PJ in Portimão,
Gerry and Kate McCann were constituted as arguidos.
In mid 2008, the prosecutor of the Republic archived
the case, which will be reopened if new relevant data surfaces.
Maddie's parents set to give Late
Late interview, 05 May 2011
|Maddie's parents set to give Late Late interview Irish Herald
|HEARTBREAK: Kate and Gerry McCann are still in the dark about what happened to daughter Madeleine
By Cormac Murphy
May 05 2011
MADELEINE McCann's parents Kate and Gerry are to appear on the Late Late Show for their
first major Irish interview, the Herald can reveal.
Host Ryan Tubridy will be talking to the McCanns on Friday
week as they continue their efforts to locate their missing daughter.
It is believed the interview is being timed
to coincide with the publication of 43-year-old Kate's book, entitled Madeleine, which hits the shelves next week.
The 384-page work is being released on May 12, Madeleine's eighth birthday.
Kate and Gerry marked the
fourth anniversary of their daughter's disappearance with family and friends this week.
The book is their account
of how the youngster vanished while on a family holiday in Portugal.
Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing
in Praia da Luz, Algarve, in May 2007.
The McCanns hope the publication of the book will prompt people holding
vital information about what happened to come forward.
It was originally due out last week but publishers Transworld
postponed the release to avoid a clash with the Royal Wedding.
The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's
disappearance formally ceased in July 2008. However, private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search
for the missing child.
Liverpool-born Kate's mother Susan Healy said of the book: "Kate has to tell her
story, even though it's been the most terribly painful process over the last nine months.
"We just hope
that something will come from the book. It's something that may just force someone to come forward. It's also an account
for Madeleine and for the twins [six-year-old Sean and Amelie]."
Proceeds from the sales will also help boost
their dwindling fund to search for their daughter.
The book, which Kate wrote without the aid of a ghost writer,
has a recommended retail price of around €22 and is expected to become a best-seller.
Extracts will be serialised
by newspapers from this weekend before the book is published.
A family friend described how Kate wrote through
the day, while the couple's twins were at school, and then returned to her study to write late into the evening after
the children had gone to bed.
The McCanns hope sales of the book will raise more than £1m (€1.1m) for
The book's launch will be accompanied by several television interviews, including the
Late Late appearance.