BOOSTING FUND: Kate and Gerry McCann.
Kate and Gerry McCann
have signed a
deal to write a
about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, their publishers
After a major bidding war, Transworld won the rights to the couple's
account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal
in 2007 and their efforts to find her.
All proceeds from the book will go to the McCanns' official
to look for Madeleine, which had been in danger of running out next
Precise details of the publishing deal have not been released, but a
source said it included a "substantial" advance and "enhanced royalties"
giving the couple a bigger share of profits from sales.
The book, simply entitled Madeleine, will be published on April 28 next
year to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the child's
42, said: "My reason for writing is simple – to give an account of the
truth. Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is
one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy
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.
"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
Her husband, also 42, added: "We are hopeful that this book may help the
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."
Transworld has acquired the rights to publish the book –which is being
written by the
McCanns themselves – in the UK, the
Commonwealth and Europe.
The west London-based publisher is home to best-selling authors
including The Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown, fantasy novelist Terry
Pratchett and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
A source said the McCanns' book, which will have a recommended retail
price of £20, was expected to be a big seller.
Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr said: "It is an enormous privilege
to be publishing this book.
"We are so pleased to be joining Kate and Gerry McCann in the Find
Deals for newspaper serialisations and translations of the book are now
expected to be negotiated.
The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are fighting a legal battle
against former Portuguese detective
over his book alleging
that Madeleine died in the apartment and that her parents faked her
abduction - something they strongly deny.
The appeal court in Lisbon last month
overturned an injunction
the couple banning publication of Mr Amaral's work, Maddie:
Of The Lie.
But a source close to the McCanns said their decision to write their own
book had nothing to do with rebutting Mr Amaral's allegations.
"It certainly hasn't been prompted by him," the source said.
nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday
Praia da Luz
in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents
with friends nearby.
Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, she
has not been found.
The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance was
formally shelved in July 2008, although private detectives employed by
the McCanns have continued the search.