Gerry McCann are marking the
fourth anniversary of their daughter
Madeleine's disappearance privately with family and friends.
couple are keeping a low profile as Kate, 43, prepares to publish her
account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal
on May 3, 2007.
from the book ' which is simply entitled Madeleine and goes on sale on
May 12 ' will boost their dwindling reserves to help fund the search for
also hope that the publication of the work will prompt people holding
vital information about what happened to the child to come forward at
McCanns, of Rothley, are not giving any interviews to mark the
anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance this year.
they will be doing some to promote their book.
spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "It will be a private day marked with
family and friends. The anniversary is normally a very low-key occasion
at home for them."
that there were no plans for the couple to return to Portugal for the
384-page book, which she has written without the aid of a ghost writer,
has a recommended retail price of '20 and is expected to become a
originally due to be available last week.
publisher Transworld postponed the release date by a fortnight to avoid
clashing with the royal wedding.
from the book will be serialised by newspapers from this weekend, before
the book is published on Madeleine's eighth birthday.
publishing source said there was a "huge amount" of international
interest in Kate's personal account, but it will initially be launched
in the UK alone.
has been translated into Portuguese and is expected to be published in
Portugal in the near future.
McCanns are fighting a legal battle against former Portuguese detective
Goncalo Amaral over his own book, which alleges that Madeleine died in
the apartment and that her parents faked her abduction ' something the
McCanns strongly deny.
October, the appeal court in Lisbon overturned an injunction obtained by
the couple banning publication of Mr Amaral's work, Maddie: The Truth Of
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday
apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, on May 3, 2007, as her
parents dined with friends nearby.
a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, the
youngster has not been found.
official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance was formally
shelved in July 2008, although private detectives employed by the
McCanns have continued the search.
TIMELINE: Key events since Madeleine McCann's disappearance
3:Madeleine is found missing from the family's holiday apartment. Kate
and Gerry McCann had been dining with friends at a nearby restaurant.
One friend later reports seeing a man carrying a child away earlier that
Anglo-Portuguese property developer Robert Murat is made an
'arguido'', or official suspect.
6: A Portuguese newspaper reports that British sniffer dogs have found
traces of blood in the McCanns' apartment.
September 7:Detectives make Mr and Mrs McCann 'arguidos''.
2: Goncalo Amaral, the detective in charge, is removed from the case.
Mrs McCann urges people to 'pray like mad'' on the first anniversary of
The Portuguese authorities shelve their investigation and lift the
'arguido'' status on the McCanns and Mr Murat.
Mr Amaral publishes a book, The Truth Of The Lie, in which he alleges
that Madeleine died in the holiday flat.
4: Evidence from the Portuguese police investigation is made public.
29: '2 million was raised for the official fund to find Madeleine in the
first 10 months.
September 9: A Portuguese judge bans further sale or publication of Mr
Amaral's book following legal action by Mr and Mrs McCann.
14: Mr and Mrs McCann announce they have signed a deal to write a book.
28: An online petition calling for a full review of the evidence nears
the 50,000-signature milestone.