'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography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’.
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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
[An] intelligent and impressively fair-minded biography - The Scotsman
Book of the week - Daily Telegraph
This is a fine book and may, indeed, be the definitive, straightforward take on a tragic, repugnant episode in the life of our post-war Britain - Sunday Herald
One of Your Own succeeds powerfully . . . a searing portrait of a manipulative and calculating woman - Irish Independent
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Carol Ann Lee is an acclaimed biographer and has written extensively on the Holocaust. She is co-author of the forthcoming Witness: The Autobiography of David Smith, Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case.