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Publisher Description

On 12th February 1993, Denise Fergus’ life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son's hand for a few seconds to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again.

For the first time since that moment 25 years ago, Denise tells her extraordinary story in this heart-wrenching book, an unflinching account of that terrible day. What if she had never taken James shopping? What if she had turned right coming out of the butcher's, instead of left? Denise's initial hope after seeing her son on CCTV with other children quickly turned to devastation when, two days later, James’ body was found.

His death reverberated around the world and his killers became the youngest ever convicted murderers in UK legal history. Four minutes is all it took for them to lead James away from his mother to his death. Denise took up a tortuous legal battle for James, and it was her astonishing strength and love for her son that ultimately helped to change the way the law treats victims of crime.

This is a mother’s tale of finding a way through the despair to remember the happiness and wonderful memories that James brought his family. Above all, Denise doesn’t want her son to be remembered as a murdered child, and with this beautifully written book, she does just that.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 February
Bonnier Publishing Australia
Directebooks Ltd

Customer Reviews

A Sister of an Ice Addict ,


A good read, couldn't put this book down.
I've know of this story for a long time, though to able to really know the full story from James mother is a whole other story. There are no words to describe what she has been through as a mother and as a human being she has lived everyone's worst nightmare.
Absolutely chilling, horrific and unimaginable!
Your strength and determination just to keep living let alone keep fighting amazes me. His killers should have done life .. full stop!
I am so glad you have found some peace and happiness in a sometimes dark and horrible world.

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