Parents of missing Madeleine McCann set to earn £1m from tell-all book
Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann, could earn up to £1 million after agreeing in principle to write a tell-all book about the year since their daughter went missing.
The couple are reportedly desperate to raise more money for the Find Madeleine fund, which has only dwindling resources left, and also to answer some of the accusations levelled against them.
Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, said: ‘The idea of writing an official book at some point is appealing. It’s a legitimate way of raising money for the fund but would also give them a chance to put across their side of the story, and to talk about some of the wider issues.’
Several publishing houses have made approaches to the family and Gerry McCann has held talks with one, Mitchell confirmed.
‘A book could go for a million. There is a feeling that we know everything there is to know about this story but the public are still fascinated,’ Waterstone’s former head of buying told the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, a two-hour documentary about Madeleine’s disappearance is due to be screened on ITV1 this Wednesday.
In return for their cooperation in the programme, Gerry and Kate asked for £10,000 to be donated to their Find Madeleine fund.
During the one-off documentary, Kate reveals: ‘It is pure torture to deal with and it has been a long year of hell.
‘You have days when you’re so down and desperate and tired. You think you’ve got to switch off and think, okay, we’ve tried really hard and we’ve come up with nothing and now we need to make the best of what we’ve got.’