Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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* ONE OF YOUR OWN: The Life And Death Of Myra Hindley by Carol Ann Lee (Mainstream, pounds 11.99) "INFAMOUS, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own" says Myra Hindley in her unpublished autobiography.

Despite dying in prison eight years ago and committing her horrific crimes more than 40 ago, Myra Hindley is never far from the headlines.

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As the police ended their search last year for 12-year-old Keith Bennett, who has been missing for 45 years, a new search has been launched by The Keith Bennett Appeal.

On November 15, 2002, the notorious murderer labelled "Britain's most hated woman" died in prison.

Lee's book follows the life of Hindley to find out who the woman was behind the headlines.

How could a seemingly normal girl with no intimations of violence in her character grow up to commit such terrible acts? Her defenders, many of them Sarah Dale reports: high-profile individuals, claim she fell under Ian Brady's spell, but is this the truth? Was her insistence that she had changed, that she felt deep remorse and had reverted back to the Catholicism of her childhood genuine or a calculating bid to win parole? How could a woman imprisoned because of crimes against children be asked to be the godmother for so many inmates' babies? One Of Your Own explores these questions and many others, drawing on a wide range of sources.

This is a fascinating read because it investigates the crimes, families' reactions, the murderers in their own words plus accounts of their time spent in prison.

* I REMEMBER YOU by Harriet Evans (HarperCollins, pounds 14.99, hb) TESS Tennant leaves London and the man who broke her heart to return to her picturesque home town of Langford to take up a teaching job.

It's time for a fresh start, one with warm stone cottages, friendly locals in oak-beamed pubs and, of course, Adam, her best friend since childhood. …

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