to write her book on missing daughter
The Harry Potter author gave advice as she penned details of the
youngster's 2007 disappearance in Portugal.
Kate hopes to raise £1million from the
She said: "Every penny will go on the search for Madeleine."
WITH cash draining from the
set up to hunt for Madeleine
McCann, JK Rowling’s pledge to help was a welcome boost to mum Kate.
The Harry Potter author gave the devastated 42-year-old advice and
support as she wrote the harrowing details of the night her daughter
vanished from their holiday
apartment on the Algarve.
Kate’s book is expected to raise £1million and she and husband
both 42, hope it will help shed new light on how Madeleine vanished four
Rowling, 45, is a supporter of the Madeleine Fund, which has dwindled
The book, called Madeleine, will be published on May 12, the
youngster’s eighth birthday. The money it raises should be enough to
to keep working on the case that gripped
the world for another two years
Kate, of Rothley, Leics, said: “My reason for writing is simple, to give
an account of the truth.
“Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one
that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.
“However, with the depletion of Madeleine’s fund, the decision has been
taken out of our hands. Every penny we raise through its sales will be
spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than
finding our little girl.”
Gerry added: “We are hopeful this book may help the investigation to
“Our hope is that the book may prompt those who have relevant
information to come forward and share it. Somebody holds that key piece
of the jigsaw.”
Rowling has been heavily involved in the search for Madeleine since she
vanished in May 2007. The writer offered a reported £1million reward to
find the youngster.
She also donated to the fund set up to aid the worldwide search. Rowling
arranged for a poster featuring Madeleine to be made available to book
retailers across the globe.
And last November she helped
Kate and Gerry
to secure their book
deal. She suggested they use her literary agent Christopher Little, who
arranged a publishing contract with Transworld.
Last January, Rowling met the couple, both doctors, at a fund-raising
event in London to mark the
1,000th day since Madeleine vanished
Praia da Luz.
Her official website features a Madeleine section giving details of her
case and phone numbers to contact with information.
Since the youngster disappeared on May 3, 2007, aged three, Kate, also
mum to six-year-old twins
Sean and Amelie, has made a number of
secret trips back to the resort.
She goes alone and stays with
the local Anglican priest and his wife Susan.
Father Hubbard said: “She doesn’t enjoy being in front of the camera but
she is prepared to do it because it might bring her child back.
“They need money to carry on the investigation. They will never stop
looking and that’s why this book has been written.
“It probably tears them apart to do this but the child is worth it.”
Kate will “want to settle some scores” – particularly with the
Portuguese police, who investigated the disappearance and became
convinced, wrongly, the child’s parents were involved.
After numerous false hopes in the search the book may be one last throw
of the dice for the family.