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Sarbjit Kaur Athwal

with Jeff Hudson

Shamed

The honour killing that shocked Britain – by the sister who fought for justice

Virgin Books (June 2013)

Athwal Shamed27-year-old Surjit Athwal was lured by her husband to a wedding in India, where she was murdered and her body thrown into a river. Surjit’s sister-in-law, Sarbjit Athwal, had been present at the family meeting in London, at which her mother-in-law pronounced a death sentence on the absent Surjit, for bringing dishonour to them. Risking the same fate, Sarbjit covertly sought justice for nine years, finally securing long custodial sentences for Surjit’s mother-in-law and her husband. Speaking publicly for the first time, this brave woman exposes the full extent and extreme injustices of forced marriages and honour killings in Britain today.


Ralph Bulger

with Rosie Dunn

My James

The heartrending story of James Bulger by his father

Sidgwick & Jackson ( 2013)

Bulger My James PaperbackIt is a crime, no less disturbing today than it was in 1993, when Ralph Bulger’s two- year-old son, James, was abducted and brutally murdered by two ten-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. Ralph talks with searing honesty about the murder, the nightmares that haunted him and the grief that ripped his marriage apart. He describes his outrage at his son’s killers being sentenced to only eight years’ detention in a secure unit and how he has found the strength to sustain a twenty-year battle to achieve justice for his son. My James is a father’s loving tribute to his adorable young boy, whose bright smile brought joy to all who knew him. Deservedly No. 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart.


Les Cummings

Forgotten

An abusive children’s home. A childhood destroyed

Pan Books ( 2008)

Les Cummings spent many years of his childhood in a local authority children’s home.  Conditions were harsh, with terrifying violence meted out by some of the staff.  Sent to live with foster parents for nearly three horrendous years, he was beaten, starved and sexually abused.  He spent many days at a time locked in a cupboard under the stairs.  His life was slipping out of control, until one day he found the strength to break free of his abusive past.


Clive Driscoll

In Pursuit of the Truth

A Life in the Met

Ebury Press (July 2015)

Driscoll In Pursuit of the TruthGripping, inspiring and at times shocking, In Pursuit of the Truth is a warts-and-all account of modern day policing – seen through the eyes of a man who has dedicated his life to making a difference.

Former Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll made his reputation solving the unsolvable. Most famous for finally securing the convictions for the murderers of Stephen Lawrence in 2012, Clive’s prodigious rise through the ranks of the world’s most famous police force, the Met, saw him head up some of the most high-profile units at Scotland Yard.

Clive has dedicated his 35-year career to unearthing the truth. This is his brutally honest story.


Georgie Edwards

The Best Medicine

The true story of a nurse who became a doctor in the 1950s

Ebury Press (June 2013)

Edwards The Best MedicineWorking during the late 1940s and 1950s, Staff Nurse Georgie Edwards realised that, if she was to restore the health of her patients more effectively, she needed to diagnose and treat as well as to nurse them. She was offered a place to study medicine at the prestigious Barts Hospital in London, and in her own distinctive manner, set about becoming a doctor, who listened and cared, a far cry from the consultants ‘who sweep by’. But Georgie also fell in love and wanted a family as well as a career. Warmly evoking both the joys and the sadnesses of her work, The Best Medicine is Georgie’s engaging and often humorous memoir of her early years in the Health Service, first as a nurse, then as a doctor.


Allan Grice

Call The Fire Brigade

Fighting London’s fires

Mainstream Publishing ( 2012)

Grice Call The Fire BrigadeWorking as a firefighter in London’s East End during the early 1970s was a tough but rewarding job for Allan Grice.  Back then, before the days of health and safety, he would crawl fearlessly below the level of the most intense heat and ‘eat smoke’, if there was a chance of rescuing a stranded child or impeding a rapidly spreading inferno.  Allan’s experiences of fires in factories, warehouses, tenements and other dwellings, as well as non-fire emergencies such as the Moorgate Tube disaster of 1975, are dramatically described, and the camaraderie among the fire crews vividly depicted.


Rosalinda Hutton

Cry and You Cry Alone

The girl who vowed she’d never forget

Mainstream Publishing ( 2011)

Linda was plunged into the dark, terrifying world of 1960s institutional life at St Anne’s Convent, Orpington, a Catholic children’s home run by the infamous Sisters of Mercy and a former monk, who inflicted bizarre and barbaric practices on the children in their care.  Cry and You Cry Alone is the achingly honest story of a survivor of shocking child abuse that took place in the heart of an English suburb.


Naomi Jacobs

Forgotten Girl

A powerful true story of amnesia, secrets and second chances

Pan Books (April 2015)

Jacobs Forgotten GirlNaomi Jacobs went to sleep one night in 2008 as a 32-year-old mother, and woke up the next morning believing she was a fifteen-year-old school girl. She did not recognise the house she woke up in, though it was hers, nor her ten-year-old son, Leo. As far as she was concerned, she was in 1992 when John Major was Prime Minister, before the world had been blessed with mobile phones, DVDs or reality TV. She didn’t know it, but she had dissociative amnesia.

With the help of her personal diaries and those close to her, Naomi set about piecing together as much as she could of her missing years. What she discovered shocked her. As she dug deeper, she began to experience disturbing flashbacks of traumatic events. Would Naomi ever find her way back to the person she once was? Did she even want to?

Funny and moving, I Woke Up in the Future is ultimately an inspiring story of loss and redemption, and the power of second chances.


Nikola James

The Price of Love

Abused, beaten, trapped in a terrifying relationship
     – one girl’s story of survival

Sidgwick & Jackson ( 2007)

Scarred by her father’s violence and being bullied, sexually assaulted and raped at school, Nikola had nowhere to turn for help.  She fell in love and married Neil while still in her teens, but his abuse of her started on the first night of their honeymoon.  She was tormented, kept a prisoner, sexually abused, and subjected to horrific beatings.  When the violence escalated and he threatened to kill her, Nikola found the courage to fight back and be free of him.  Eventually, she turned her life around, and today is happily married and works as a therapist helping others.


Sarah Jones

Call Me Evil, Let Me Go

A mother’s struggle to save her children from a brutal religious cult

HarperElement ( 2011)

Jones Call Me Evil, Let Me GoSarah’s parents had no idea when they sent their teenage daughter to board at a school within an evangelical church community, that they were consigning her to a cult, which would isolate her from her family, brutalise her and brainwash her into submission.  Sarah looked on in helpless distress as each of her very young children was being beaten and force-fed by the Church’s leaders.  Call Me Evil, Let Me Go is the shocking, but inspiring true story of a mother’s ultimately successful attempt to free herself and her children from the cruel grip of the Church.


Siobhan Kennedy-McGuinness

with Rosie Dunn

Playing In the Dark

The shocking true story of an innocent game that became a lifelong
    nightmare

Century ( 2010)

Kennedy-McGuinness Playing in the DarkThere was a hidden, but terrible side to popular Radio Dublin DJ, Eamonn Cooke. His sexual abuse of Siobhan from the age of 7 and many other trusting young girls at his home and studios in Dublin was cunningly executed and vile.  She tried to bury her memories until, almost twenty years later, she saw the man, who had haunted her life, in the street holding the hands of two wide-eyed children.  Siobhan knew she had no choice, but to save them and other potential victims from Cooke’s clutches and, no matter what it took, get him sentenced to a long term of imprisonment.


Tony Long

Lethal Force

My Life As The Met’s Most Controversial Marksman

Ebury Press (July 2016)

Long Lethal ForceTop shot Tony Long is the most prolific police marksman Britain’s ever seen. For 25 years, he operated in the Met’s elite specialist firearms units and was at the forefront of SO19’s fight against armed crime.

Deployed on hundreds of dangerous operations, it was his duty to bring down terrorists, killers, and hostage takers, sometimes with lethal force – with only seconds to decide. Tony has been behind some of the UK’s most controversial police shootings but it was the death of suspected armed robber and drug dealer Azelle Rodney that brought his career to a devastating end. Tried for murder, Tony saw his life crumble around him…simply for doing his job.

An intense and dramatic read, Tony’s story raises serious issues about the responsibility that falls on the shoulders of those who risk their lives, and take the lives of others, in our name.


Ann Ming MBE

with Andrew Crofts

For the Love of Julie

A nightmare come true. A mother’s courage. A desperate fight for justice

HarperElement ( 2008)

Ming For the Love of JulieWhen Julie, Ann Ming’s 22-year-old daughter, went missing, she was certain she had been murdered.  Despite extensive searches of Julie’s house and the surrounding area, the police failed to find her, but three months later, Ann was horrified to discover her daughter’s body, still in the house.  A violent local man, Billy Dunlop, was tried for murder but walked free.  Knowing he could not be tried again under the law of double jeopardy, he callously bragged about his ‘perfect crime’.  But Dunlop had not reckoned on the steely determination of Ann Ming, who would make legal history by overturning the law, for which she received an MBE.


Kim Noble

with Jeff Hudson

All of Me

My incredible story of how I learned to live
     with the many personalities sharing my body

Piatkus ( 2011)

Noble All of MeKim Noble is an accomplished artist and the mother of 14-year-old Aimee.  There’s just one problem.  To all extents and purposes, Kim Noble does not exist.  Kim’s mind had fragmented as a result of repeated and horrific abuse before her third birthday.  Diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), her body plays host to 20 or more different personalities, each of whom paints in a completely different style.  Kim’s memoir takes us into her world of multiple realities, which is by turns shocking, funny and inspiring.  A top 10 bestseller.


Frances Reilly

Suffer the Little Children

The harrowing true story of a girl’s brutal convent upbringing

Orion ( 2008)

Reilly Suffer the Little ChildrenAbandoned at the age of 3 by her mother outside the gates of the Poor Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Belfast, Frances and her two sisters were left to the tender mercies of the nuns.  Brutally beaten, worked like a slave, abused and molested, the convent regime stripped her of everything – her innocence, education and any self-esteem.  But the hope of rescue or escape continued to burn inside her.  Suffer the Little Children is a gripping and moving story of Frances’s determined and successful struggle in later life, to force an admission of guilt and an apology from the nuns who had tormented her.


Lyn Rigby

Lee Rigby

A Mother’s Story

Simon and Schuster (May 2016)

 

Rigby Lee RigbyLyn Rigby’s story charts the unfathomably difficult time she has endured since May 2013 when her son, 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, was butchered on a London high street by two British-born young men compelled to avenge the killing of Muslims by the British armed forces. The savage brutality of the killing shocked the nation, and the ramifications spread to the highest levels of government, questioning the security of social networking sites that allowed the fanatics who murdered her son to discuss their intentions online and unchecked.
Lyn Rigby has questions for government and the military, but overall it is her story of sorrow, her campaign for a memorial dedicated to Lee’s memory, her admiration for the ‘angels of Woolwich’ and, hopefully, belief that her son did not die in vain. She is writing this book as a tribute to Lee – to give him a voice and to tell his story not just as a soldier, but as a vibrant, happy young man with a son and a future that has been so cruelly and viciously been taken from him.

Alexander Sinclair

Mummy Doesn’t Love You

The shocking true story of a mother’s campaign to destroy
    the life and mind of her own child

Ebury Press ( 2009)

Sinclair Mummy Doesn't Love YouAlexander Sinclair was the target of his Greek mother’s irrational hatred.  She was determined to destroy his mind, even his life.  As a young boy in Wales, Alex received severe beatings from his mother, who force-fed him amphetamines and Valium ‘to keep him in line’.  Enraged, she spirited him to Greece and committed Alex permanently to one of the worst mental institutions in Europe.  Here, he experienced unspeakable horrors until, at last, his British father found him and was able to arrange a daring escape from his incarceration.  A top 10 bestseller.


Jayne Sterne

with Adam Parfitt

Destroyed

A secret that can’t be told. A life forever ruined

Headline Review ( 2008)

Repeatedly raped, beaten, abused and battered from the age of 8 by a male relative, Jayne’s childhood was a living hell.  One thing had kept her sane: the love and care she received from her older brother, Stuart.  But he had demons of his own, and Jayne watched in despair, as he became increasingly consumed by rage with his wife, until, at a fateful Sunday afternoon barbecue, Stuart went berserk, shooting both her and her sister dead.  Destroyed is a heart-stopping true story told by a woman, who finally managed to overcome her harrowing past, and establish a normal and happy family life for herself.  A top 10 bestseller.


Natalie Welsh

with Diane Taylor

Sentenced To Hell

The incredible true story of a young mother’s miraculous escape from
    Venezuela’s notorious prison system

Sphere ( 2009)

In a moment of madness, Natalie agreed to be a ‘mule’.  Arrested by the Venezuelan airport authorities for the possession of drugs, she was given a prison sentence of ten years, and entered a nightmare world, where rapes, gang warfare and executions routinely occurred in the prison at the hands of its armed inmates.  Against impossible odds, Natalie escaped in a death-defying flight through Colombia and eventually back to Britain.  Sentenced to Hell is the compelling story of how one bad decision came very close to destroying Natalie’s life.


Karl Williams

with Justin Penrose

Killing Time

Locked up in Dubai’s Most Notorious Prison

Sidgwick & Jackson (April 2016)

Williams Killing TimeKarl Williams was on holiday in Dubai, living it large with two English friends, when they were accused of drug dealing, arrested, and tortured by police. They were innocent, but the authorities didn’t care. And so began their year-long nightmare as they were locked up in Port Rashid where prisoners of all nationalities were crammed into stinking cells, violence could erupt in seconds, and control of the jail was in the hands of a few powerful inmates. Unless you knew the right people and could work the system, you were screwed.

Karl was a survivor and managed to rise up the prison pecking order, making friends with local gangsters, Russian mafia and other assorted murderers, drug dealers, fraudsters and hapless innocents he encountered behind bars. But it was hard to stay positive when facing life or the death penalty… And then he was moved to the notorious Central prison, a terrifying place where HIV positive prisoners were used by gangsters to infect their enemies; and murders and rape were common. When Karl had lost all hope of finding justice, Reprieve, an organization of committed human rights defenders, took up his case . . .

Raw, totally gripping, and at times brutally funny, Killing Time takes you behind the shiny desert paradise to the heart of the real Dubai.