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One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley | [Carol Ann Lee]

One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley

'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography. On 15 November 2002, Myra Hindley, Britain's most notorious murderess, died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that 'life' really did mean 'life'. But who was the woman behind the headlines? How could a seemingly normal girl grow up to commit such terrible acts? Her defenders claim she fell under Ian Brady's spell, but is this the truth?
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Publisher's Summary

'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography. On 15 November 2002, Myra Hindley, Britain's most notorious murderess, died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that 'life' really did mean 'life'. But who was the woman behind the headlines? How could a seemingly normal girl grow up to commit such terrible acts? Her defenders 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 to the Catholicism of her childhood genuine or a calculating bid to win parole?

One of Your Own explores these questions and many others, drawing on a wide range of resources, including Hindley's own unseen writings, hundreds of recently released prison files, fresh interviews and extensive new research. Compellingly well written, this is the first in-depth study of Hindley and the challenging, definitive biography of Britain's 'most-hated woman'.

©2011 Carol Ann Lee (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A compelling read… a measured, humane effort to get beyond the hysteria and the horror" (The Independent)
"Scrupulously researched and clear-sighted… probably the most accurate account we have so far of how a 'perfect storm' of circumstances - psychological, moral and cultural - turned a damaged but sane young woman into the most notorious female killer of the twentieth century" (Mail on Sunday)
"Scrupulously unsensational… as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get" (Sunday Times)
"[A] fine book and may, indeed, be the definitive, straightforward take on a tragic, repugnant episode in the life of our post-war Britain" (The Herald)
"The most detailed, authoritative biography of Myra Hindley to date… offering a wealth of new detail" (Manchester Evening News)

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  • heather
    Rochdale, United Kingdom
    11/14/13
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    "Upsetting but informative"

    A disturbing true story well written and investigated by the author. It has some graphic details which can be upsetting though it helps you understand the state of minds of the killers ,evil or not, a chilling account well read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie Wilkins
    Frome, United Kingdom
    5/23/14
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    "Well researched. Terrible narration."

    The book is a harrowing insight into the life, not just of Hindley, but Brady as well. It's well researched and very interesting.

    The author details the futile appeals for parole and Hindley's so called rehabilitation as well as the horrific murders.

    All in all a very informative book.

    BUT.............

    I have never heard such appalling narration! Poor old Maggie Mash seems to think that she has to try and speak in the native dialect of everyone who has been interviewed in the book. So when Hindley's words are being read, we get generic North of England accent. When Brady's words are being read we get Scottish accent with a slightly husky voice. There are some really bad accents on display. There is possibly the worst attempt at an Irish accent I've ever heard!

    Unfortunately this, for me at least, detracted terribly from the events in the book lending it an unwitting air of comedy. What on earth possessed the narrator to think this was a good idea is beyond me. It seemed to belittle the very serious and, at times, upsetting subject matter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/24/14
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    "The best book I've had on Myra"
    Would you listen to One of Your Own again? Why?

    I would listen to it again as I learnt alot from it as it covered other books & programs I'd seen & wasn't biased just gave you the fafts


    What other book might you compare One of Your Own to, and why?

    Nothing to compare it to


    Have you listened to any of Maggie Mash’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not listerned to Maggie Mash before


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lover of all things book
    The North, England
    6/24/14
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    "Can anyone ever know the truth?"
    What did you like most about One of Your Own?

    I liked the attention to detail, even at the start it clearly states that it endeavoured to be an accurate account. I liked how it presented Myra, good and bad.


    What about Maggie Mash’s performance did you like?

    I think having her do the voices helped to bring the characters alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story was very compelling and I wanted to know what exactly would happen next. I did listen to this for sometimes more than an hour at a time, but at 18+ hours in one go, I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, it brought to my attention many facts about the cases that I was not previously aware. I thought it gave a reasonably balanced view of Myra, declaring her neither a beast, nor a feeble woman who was under the spell of a man.
    I would recommend this to anyone with a strong stomach, as some of the descriptions of the assaults on the children are quite explicit- There is one section where the narrator reads, in character, a transcript of a tape, made by Myra and Ian during the assault of a victim; this was quite harrowing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    6/3/14
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    "Insign full"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One of Your Own to be better than the print version?

    a VERY good read/listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narror .... as my reading is not great it and Audiobook let me read books in deapth


    What about Maggie Mash’s performance did you like?

    Maggie clean voice is never bad


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I read this in 1 go


    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook in fll make me enjy books =]

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    5/9/14
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    "Deadlier Than The Male"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not to all as the subject matter would be too horrific for most of my friends to absorb


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This is not a fairytale. All the events described are real and the story cannot be changed. Nothing could make this book enjoyable it is a study of depravity


    What does Maggie Mash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reader makes a very good job of bringing the personalities involved to life


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A true horror story


    Any additional comments?

    It is very difficult to come to terms with the sadness this woman, with her lover, brought to the families of these poor young people. That she hoped for forgiveness is equally unbelieveable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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