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Publisher Description

A raw and powerful memoir of Jaycee Lee Dugard's own story of being kidnapped as an 11-year-old and held captive for over 18 years

On 10 June 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California.

It was the last her family and friends saw of her for over eighteen years.

On 26 August 2009, Dugard, her daughters, and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared in the office of her kidnapper's parole officer in California. Their unusual behaviour sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Jaycee Lee Dugard, living in a tent behind Garrido's home. During her time in captivity, at the age of fourteen and seventeen, she gave birth to two daughters, both fathered by Garrido.

Dugard's memoir is written by the 30-year-old herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, utterly honest and unflinching narrative, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now, a year after being found.

Garrido and his wife Nancy have since pleaded guilty to their crimes.

Biographies & Memoirs
12 July
Simon & Schuster UK
Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd.

Customer Reviews

Coconut-ice ,

A Stolen Life

This book is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. What an amazing person Jaycee was and is. The bravery she displays by telling her story is humbling.

Lap lee ,

Excellent book

What a book . I could not put down this book. Read it in one day.Hopefully this family can continue to grow and put the past firmly in the past.

britanywilsonx ,

The Stolen Life.

Coming from a 14 year old student who doesn't read all that often, I can tell I got through this book in a week. You, as a reader, go through so much emotion throughout the book. Jaycee has done such a beautiful job at painting a picture for the reader because it's extremely realistic when reading. I recommend this to everyone and anyone who is willing to have a go at some hardcore emotional reading.

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