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My Sister Milly [9780718184599]

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'My name is Gemma Dowler. On 21 March 2002, a serial killer named Levi Bellfield stole my sister and sent our family to Hell . . .'

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler.

The haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer. And the shocking revelation of what journalists would do for a story - criminal acts that brought down a national newspaper.

But these bare facts hide the true story.

In My Sister Milly, Gemma Dowler shares the heartbreaking account of Milly's disappearance, the suspicions that fell on the family, the fatal errors made by the police, and the media's obsession that focused relentlessly on every personal, intimate and emotional aspect of the Dowlers' lives. It is the story of two stolen childhoods - Milly's and Gemma's - and about the love that kept the family together as they struggled with terrible darkness and injustice.

It's taken fifteen years of pain for the family to find their voice. The family has worked hard and has received intensive therapy to recover from the trauma of Milly's murder. Their story shows that whatever suffering you endure in life, there is always hope, and there is always love. Now, for the first time, Gemma tells their story and that of the real Milly. Above all, in this book the family want to bring back to life their incredible daughter and sister. Now, finally, the truth about Milly Dowler can never be denied.


AUTHOR: On the 21st of March 2002, Gemma Dowler was a happy, confident teenager at the heart of a loving, funny, music-mad family. That day, life as she knew it came to an abrupt end with the abduction and murder of her beloved younger sister, Milly.This book has been written so that one day Gemma's own children can read the true story of their Aunty Milly recounted by a sister who will never forget her and never stop loving her.
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Author:
Gemma Dowler
Publisher:
Michael Joseph Ltd
Publication:
29-Jun-2017
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
592
  • 5
    Heartbreaking

    Posted by TC on 5th Mar 2018

    This extraordinary book works on many levels. It is, first and foremost, a loving tribute to Gemma’s sister Milly, who was abducted and murdered in 2002. From the moment Milly went missing she became ‘public property’, never far from the news headlines, defined by the words: missing, murdered, and hacked. But for Gemma’s family this was not the Milly that they recognised. Their Milly was funny, talented, eccentric, caring, loving and much-loved. So this is Gemma setting the record straight: It is their Milly – the real Milly - who shines out from the pages of this book, defined not by her tragic death but by her beautiful life.
    The book raises profound questions about what constitutes ‘public interest’. The Dowlers suffered not only the loss of their daughter and sister in the most awful of circumstances, but the intrusion of the press, the invasion of their privacy and the hacking of their (and Milly’s) phones. It raises concerns about the police incompetence that allowed Milly’s killer to evade justice for so long, and the flaws in the legal system that continue to protect sordid paedophiles yet force the victims of their crimes to take the stand in court. It raises concerns about the prejudices inherent in our society that led police to suspect members of Milly’s family, and attitudes voiced by some members of the public who implied that Milly was to blame for her own abduction on account of the way that she dressed .
    As a victim impact statement this is one of the most powerful, hard-hitting accounts I have read. It should be made compulsory reading for police forces and journalists across the land so that no-one else has to endure the nightmare that the Dowlers were forced to go through. Yet the remarkable quality of this book is that Gemma does not define herself as a victim. This is an articulately written, searingly honest book about love, truth and courage; of a family’s resilience and survival in the face of unimaginable suffering, and, above all, their love for Milly. I’m sure she would be very proud of them.

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