A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard

by |July 12, 2011

In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen.

For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse.

For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation.

On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived.

A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

Publisher’s bit: This book is a heartbreaking and honest account from a profoundly brave woman, and the fact that she has come through it all as well as she has just makes it all the more incredible.  It provides an astonishing amount of detail about the kidnapping, her 18-year imprisonment, and the moving story of her rescue, reuniting with her mother and her remarkable recovery.

Here are some of the stories that ran in the media over the weekend:

 The Age : Jaycee Dugard recounts kidnap hell in first ever TV interview &
Jaycee Dugard recounts kidnap hell in first ever TV interview

The AustralianJaycee Dugard reveals rape, kidnap and giving birth for first time on US TV

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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.

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