Madeleine has already become one of the fastest-selling
non-fiction books ever
KATE McCann wanted Madeleine's younger siblings, twins Sean and Amelie,
to be the only ones to read her heartbreaking book about her daughter's
But a desperate cash shortage facing the fund set up to find
Madeleine forced her to publish
the intimate memoir to raise money, Kate's mother Susan Healy has
The harrowing book, called simply Madeleine, also describes within its
384 pages the botched Portuguese police investigation and how Kate was
vilified after being wrongly accused of killing her child.
Kate probably would have written this book for her children
Madeleine McCann's grandmother
'If Kate and Gerry were going to have to keep up the search on their own
they needed money for the fund,' said Susan, of Allerton, Liverpool.
'But Kate probably would have written this book for her children anyway,
though not for publication.
'It's a very intimate book and I know what my daughter is like, she is a
very private person.'
Madeleine has already become one of the fastest-selling non-fiction
books since records began, with 72,500 copies sold in its first week
It has ended the 32-week run at the top of the UK best-sellers list for
chef Jamie Oliver's 30-Minute Meals.