Kate and Gerry McCann to write a book

By Lori Campbell Lori.Campbell@Sundaymirror.Co.Uk 27/04/2008

Anguished Kate and Gerry McCann are to write a book about their year of hell since little Madeleine disappeared.

The couple are desperate to tell the truth of their ordeal and plan to publish a tell-all book with the help of a ghost-writer – with all proceeds going to the Find Madeleine Fund.

They have had “countless” approaches by publishers and writers who want to help put their story into words and answer all the unfounded allegations they have faced.

Next Saturday is the first anniversary of the day four-year-old Madeleine was snatched from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

As they prepare to mark the agonising milestone their official spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “It will be the family’s story, the only official book. Kate and Gerry are both keen to put the truth of everything that has happened to them on record.

“It will be a detailed account of their experience, from the pain of the night Madeleine was kidnapped, to being named as official suspects in the investigation.”

Kate and Gerry have been gagged by Portuguese secrecy laws which ban them from speaking out while they are still “arguidos” (official suspects). They have been forced to stay silent while detectives leak malicious stories about them to the Portuguese Press.

Disgraced police chief Goncalo Amaral, who led the investigation, has angered the McCanns with plans to publish his own story. They have vowed to hit back once suspect status is lifted.

Mr Mitchell added: “A number of books are being published in Portugal and the UK. Kate and Gerry want the public to know the real truth.”

The couple have been boosted by an “inspirational” meeting” with US dad Ed Smart, reunited with his kidnapped daughter after nine months. The encounter is shown on Wednesday’s ITV1 documentary Madeleine One Year On: Campaign for Change.

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