Headline signs mother's account behind true crime case

News - NonFiction Thursday, 13 June 2019

A Killer’s Confession: And a Mother’s Fight for the Truth is Karen Edwards’ 'powerful account' of the events surrounding her daughter Becky’s disappearance in 2003; ITV series to air around pub date


Fiona Crosby, senior commissioning editor at Headline, has acquired world rights from Robert Smith at the Robert Smith Literary Agency for A Killer’s Confession, 'a mother’s story behind one of the most dramatic true crime cases in recent British history', for publication on 5 September.

According to the acquisition statement: 'A Killer’s Confession: And a Mother’s Fight for the Truth is Karen Edwards’ powerful account of the events surrounding her daughter Becky’s disappearance in 2003, the agonising eight years without her and the aftermath of taxi driver Christopher Halliwell’s confession to the killing of Sian O’Callaghan – a revelation that ultimately exposed Becky’s death.

'The book will also detail the events that led to Becky’s disappearance and reveal Karen’s subsequent fight for justice – for Becky and for Detective Superintendent Fulcher, the police officer punished for breaking official protocol during the case.'

Crosby said: "Throughout the rollercoaster of what happened before and after Becky’s disappearance, the one constant has been Karen’s determination to fight for her daughter. I’m very grateful that Karen has entrusted us with her immensely moving story."

Edwards (pictured) said: "As I look back, I’m left in disbelief of what we have been through; we were just a normal family, going about our business like millions of others, until that knock on the door. But after so many years where we had to keep quiet about what really happened, I am finally in a position where I can try to reflect on our loss and our battle for the truth."

The story of the murders and police investigation is currently in production as a six-part drama for ITV. A Confession, starring Martin Freeman as Stephen Fulcher and Imelda Staunton as Karen Edwards will air this autumn, with Edwards a consultant on the upcoming ITV drama.

Co-author Deborah Lucy is a published author who worked for 25 years in Wiltshire Police, alongside several senior investigating officers; she is also a consultant on A Confession.

The TV series is executive-produced by Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Bafta award winning Jeff Pope (Stan & Ollie, Philomena, Little Boy Blue, See No Evil, Cilla) and directed by Paul Andrew Williams (Broadchurch).

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