‘Perhaps the most startling thing about Amy Winehouse’s death was how startled people were by it.’ – Alex Petridis, the Guardian 25 July 2011 Since the phenomenal success of her 2006 album Back to Black, Amy Winehouse was rarely out of the news, but her extraordinary talent as a performing artist had long been overshadowed by her private life, her turbulent relationship with the media and her very public battle with addiction. Yet when the news began to filter through, in July 2011, of Amy’s death, people were truly shocked. How had it come to this? How could so much talent be so wasted? Why had no one stepped in to save Amy? Where had it all gone so tragically wrong? Daphne Barak’s compelling book, Saving Amy, tells the story of Amy Winehouse’s struggle to overcome her own personal demons. Based on exclusive interviews and the diaries and personal recollections of international interviewer Barak, who spoke intimately with the Winehouse family in London, St Lucia and other locations, the book is also a painful account of a family dealing with addiction.