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For the Love of Alice: The Inspiring Story of the Maddocks Family's Fight to Save Their Daughter - Malcolm Stacey with Dean & Carol Maddocks

Robson, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “For the Love of Alice is the dramatic up-to-the-minute story of true courage and determination against appalling odds. Alice Maddocks was a clever, healthy and pretty seven-year-old without a care in the world until the day she fell over in a friend’s garden. Her parents, Carol and Dean, were unable to stop the flow of blood from her tiny cut and so they took her to hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare form of anaemia. What followed was drastic treatment, in which brave Alice suffered agonies no child should ever have to endure. Yet worse was to come: doctors warned her parents that Alice could expect only ‘a short life’ unless they could find a bone marrow donor. Carol and Dean entered a desperate race to save their daughter. Their efforts brought them into conflict with the medical authorities and turned the family into a media circus.

For if this story brings out the best in people, it can also bring out the worst. Yet no donor was found and the case seemed hopeless until Carol’s confrontation with Prime Minister Tony Blair on BBC 1’s Question Time. Despite the huge demands of the State, Blair proved himself to be a powerful white knight. He came to the Maddocks’ rescue and set out to personally change National Health Service policy to help Alice. Meanwhile, he and his wife, Cherie, befriended her parents.

The remarkable Maddocks family has also won support for their campaign from some of the most famous people in the country, including Prince Charles, Sir Alex Ferguson, Esther Rantzen and pop group S Club Seven. Writer and investigative reporter Malcolm Stacey has kept in touch with the family almost daily since their ordeal began and closely based this book on Carol’s own harrowing diary. The heart-rending account of Alice’s fight for life will reach out and move you, while Alice’s parents’ constant struggle to save her, and hundreds of other children like her, will inspire you. For the Love of Alice is one of the most wondrous stories of familial love in adversity that you will ever read and provides a fascinating insight into the way the Press treat children who are desperately ill.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Navy Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 199 pages.
£6.50

This one has already found a new owner.