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Gary McKinnon's mother will publish a memoir this autumn

A decade‘s worth of struggle to be told
Wed Feb 27 2013, 15:43
Gary McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp speaking at a press conference

CRUSADING MOTHER Janis Sharp has signed a five figure book deal that will see her tell the story of her fight to keep Gary McKinnon out of the clutches of the US legal system.

Janis Sharp fought hard to keep her son from being extradited to the US and the potential lifetime prison sentence that he faced there. The 10-year battle saw her deal with successive home secretaries, promises made then broken, hopes raised only to be dashed, and bursts of support.

The ordeal ended last year and the full story will be told this coming autumn. "I am thrilled to be publishing Janis Sharp's book, which tells of the difficult and courageous campaign that she waged for 10 years to save her son, Gary, from being deported to the US," said Iain Dale, publisher at Biteback. "She is a truly remarkable woman."

Sharp was at the heart of McKinnon's battle for justice, and she spoke of the book as a "cathartic" experience. She said that the story is "a very personal account of a 10-year struggle".

"Iain and his team immediately saw the relevance of publishing a cathartic account, of how the strength needed to fight the un-fightable stemmed from my own life experience and an unshakable belief in the good that exists in people," she explained.

Gary McKinnon was spared extradition last October and passed over for UK prosecution in December. Sharp said that the decade-long ordeal turned him into a shell of his former self.

The book will be published in September. µ

 

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