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The Laz Word...on the McCanns....

...and the book of the nightmare

Published on November 22nd 2010.

The Laz Word...on the McCanns....

WILL I be queuing up in WH Smith’s to buy a personally autographed copy of the book about to be written by the parents of Madeleine McCann? Of course not. I have only once in my life got in line to buy a book hot off the presses and that was the final volume of the Harry Potter series.

What are they expected to do? Sit back and pray for ‘closure’ or never give up hope? If the proceeds of the book help to keep their hopes alive then good luck to them

The reaction, judging by some of the comments on the internet to this week's decision by Gerry and Liverpool-born Kate McCann has been mixed, with a huge helping of outrage, disgust even.

Perhaps the fact that there was a so-called bidding war to win the prize of the McCann signatures on a contract prompted some animosity. Perhaps it’s because details of the financial arrangements have been kept under wraps arouses ill feeling.

All we know is the couple will be receiving a substantial advance and enhanced royalties once the £20 tome is on the bookshelves.

The proceeds from the sale of the book, according to statements, will all be going to the McCann’s official fund set up to look for Madeleine.

Kate McCann says the book will give the family the chance to give a truthful account of the disappearance of Madeleine during a family holiday to Portugal on May 3, 2007. Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from the family holiday apartment in the Algarve as her parents dined with friends near by.

The McCanns are currently fighting a legal battle against a former Portuguese detective over his book alleging Madeleine died in the apartment and that her parents faked her abduction. It’s an allegation they have always strongly denied.

You have to admire the way the McCanns have somehow managed to keep the story of their little girl in the worldwide spotlight, never giving up hope of a miracle that will one day see them re-united with their missing daughter.

Some of the critics are unforgiving for the way the McCanns were dining out, while their children slept, even though it was just a very short distance and they kept a regular watch on the bedroom.

Perhaps sympathy at times did transform into sickliness when ‘official spokespeople’ for the McCanns popped up on television screens making pronouncements, in the way celebrities have spokespeople.

The McCanns may be savvy in the use of modern media, generating publicity, giving interviews, opening their lives to a world more eager than ever for real-life drama, as opposed to docu-soap trash.

What are they expected to do? Sit back and pray for ‘closure’ or never give up hope? If the proceeds of the book help to keep their hopes alive then good luck to them.

I wonder what the reaction will be when the next chapter happens, the film of the book?

The flack taken by Kate and Gerry McCann, while distressing, is a small, but unfair, price to pay for their continuing mission. My bet is they would sacrifice every halfpenny they possess for the return of their child.

The book, Madeleine, is to be published next April close to the fourth anniversary of the youngster’s mystery disappearance.

London-based published Transworld has acquired the rights to publish the book - which is being written by the McCanns. They have already put pen to paper.

Transworld boasts among its stable, best-selling authors, including The Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown and fantasy novelist TerryPratchett. The book is predicted to be a top seller.

Larry Neild

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 19th 2010.

"My bet is they would sacrifice every halfpenny they possess for the return of their child."

They have never spent a penny of their own money. It has ALL been from donations!

QwertyNovember 19th 2010.

There are those people who would like to see this couple hung from a lamp-post for their dreadful mistake and rush to judgement about something that has become a topic for tittle tattle rather than deep sympathy at their living anguish. Shame on those people

AnonymousNovember 19th 2010.

Not hung out to dry but to willingly go back to Portugal to aid the Portuguese Police, by doing the reconstruction and answering the 48 questions Kate refused to do, knowing it would hinder any search. The Portuguese have offered to re-open the case if they will co-operate by doing either of these things. WHY DON'T THEY.....you only need one guess!

haveAheartNovember 20th 2010.

Some people make me sick. Out there, somewhere, could be a little bewildered and confused girl. Please put your (unfounded) thoughts about the McCanns to one side and think of Madeleine. Is it a hopeless task? What about those who have surfaced many years after being 'lost' Never give up hope.

David HoltNovember 20th 2010.

"If the proceeds of the book help to keep their hopes alive then good luck to them."

The book will achieve nothing other than to raise money to pursue their ongoing legal battle in Portugal against former detective Goncalo Amaral. It's all about preserving the parents' reputations; I honestly think they know that Madeleine will never be found.

AnonymousNovember 20th 2010.


That poor little girl is no longer alive. No-one on this earth would wish that she has gone but it's a fact. Read the police files...what makes you think she is alive? Can you provide one shred of evidence?

AnonymousNovember 20th 2010.

Another stunt to try to make people believe their version of events. The truth has already been written by the Portuguese police. Read the files free on the internet. Dr Amaral based his book on those facts and he should know he was the chief investigator.

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