Kay Gilderdale has written a memoir about life with her daughter Lynn, who died in December 2008 after suffering from ME for 17 years. The publication date will be 14 April 2011.
Mrs Gilderdale said: “I had requested May 12 for the launch, to coincide with ME Awareness Day, but there have been complications and the publishers have had to change the date.
“I’m hoping that there will be a fair bit of publicity running up to the launch. If so, it will give me the opportunity to highlight ME Awareness Week and hopefully promote further media interest for May.”
Mrs Gilderdale was acquitted of her daughter’s attempted murder after a sensational, week-long trial at Lewes Crown Court in January this year where Lynn was described as having lived an “unimaginably wretched existence”.
The book is to be titled “One Last Goodbye: Sometimes Only a Mother’s Love Can Help End the Pain” and published by Ebury Press. It can be pre-ordered online from W H Smith by clicking HERE
The WH Smith pre-ordering price is £4.89 (plus £1.75 postage and packing, or arrange to collect in store).
W H Smith carry this description of the book on their website:
Watching her child die is the hardest thing a mother can ever do. But for Kay Gilderdale, saying a final goodbye to her only daughter Lynn was exceptionally painful: she’d played a part in her death. Lynn was just 14 when she was struck down by the crippling disease M.E., leaving her paralysed and in constant agony. Over the next 17 years, she became desperate to escape her miserable existence, even begging her mum to help her die. So, one night, when Kay found Lynn attempting suicide, she was forced to make an impossible decision. Continue watching her child suffer or help her end the pain? Eventually, fighting her every instinct, Kay helped her precious daughter take a fatal overdose. But while Lynn was finally free, her mother faced a fresh agony – a possible lifetime behind bars. The highly controversial trial that followed opened a fierce public debate on assisted suicide. Is it murder or mercy? Here, in her heartbreaking story, Kay reveals the harrowing truth behind the headlines and the desperate lengths a mother will go to for the love of a child.