Madeleine McCann's mother Kate McCann will not do a book
tour as she fears an assault
is so fearful of being attacked she is refusing to do public signings of
her new book about the fight to find daughter
She will do television interviews here and in
Madeleine disappeared four years
ago, but will not meet the public over fears for her personal safety.
A source close to the publishers told the Sunday Express
yesterday: 'Kate doesn't want to give anyone the opportunity of heckling
her or attacking her during any promotional tour. It's been emotional
enough just writing the book.'
called Madeleine, is published on May 12, the little girl's eighth
We can disclose that one of the groups that could potentially
have caused trouble is
The Madeleine Foundation, which plans
to distribute leaflets and step up an internet campaign confronting
Gerry McCann on the date of publication.
They have already written to publishers Transworld demanding
answers to 163 questions.
The questions include several put to the couple by the Portuguese
police. One question asks: 'How would the McCanns' children have coped
if there was an emergency while they were absent and out of earshot''
They also ask why the McCanns did not use the hotel's evening
The Foundation letter
feel that the McCanns owe it to the public, whom they have so frequently
asked for help, to give them reasonable answers to their questions.'
Kate, 42, has written the book because the Madeleine
set up by well-wishers, is getting through money fast.
The McCanns want to be able to pay for further
detective work to track her down and cling to the belief that
Madeleine is still alive somewhere.
Kate has said: 'My reason for writing is simple ' to give an
account of the truth.
'Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our
search for Madeleine.'
The couple have devoted their lives to finding Madeleine.
They live in Rothley, Leicestershire, with their six-year-old
The couple say Madeleine was abducted from their Algarve hotel
where the children had been left while they had dinner with
short distance away.
Public book-signings have become a risk for celebrities.
Last year former prime minister Tony Blair was pelted with eggs
and shoes by anti-war protesters at a signing in Dublin.
year earlier X Factor star Leona Lewis was punched in the face as she
signed copies of her autobiography in London