The Reality behind the Spin
(....) Yesterday it emerged that the author had given a helping hand to Kate McCann, the mother of the missing eight-year-old, Madeleine, with her account of the disappearance in Portugal four years ago. But Rowling denied reports that she had written the book which is due to be published next month. in The Independent, April 12, 2011
Heartbroken mother will not take part in celebrity-style signings because it would be 'in bad taste'
Bestseller: Harry Potter author J K Rowling has helped Kate McCann write a book about the disappearance of daughter Madeline after it emerged the fund to find her was running dry
Kate McCann turned to author J K Rowling to help write a book about the disappearance of her daughter to raise funds to help find her.
The Harry Potter scribe is understood to have assisted Kate in writing her harrowing account of the events following Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007.
They hope the book will raise £1m which will pay for private investigators to continue hunting for Madeleine for two more years (...)
Rowling also helped Kate and husband Gerry by putting them in touch with her agent Christopher Little who arranged a book deal with publishers Transworld (...)
Rowling has supported the McCanns in their desperate search for their daughter since her disappearance in 2007.
In January 2010 she attended a fund-raising event in London to mark the 1000th day since Madeleine dissappeared.
In 2007 she pledged a reported £1 million of her own money as part of a reward for information leading police to find the little girl (...) » in The Daily Mail, April 11, 2011
« (...) The McCanns hope the book, published with help and guidance from JK Rowling, will re-invigorate the search for Madeleine (...)
(...) Kate has spent the past six months – when not caring for her two other children Sean and Amelie – shut away in her study writing Madeleine. She has had help from the highest authorities.
JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and a supporter of the fund, has helped, including introducing Kate to her agent, Christopher Little (...) » in The Sunday Telegraph, April 11, 2011
«Harry Potter author JK Rowling has helped Kate McCann to write a book on the continuing search for her missing daughter Madeleine.
Rowling, 45, is a supporter of Madeleine's Fund, launched after the Leicestershire three-year-old vanished on holiday in Portugal in 2007.
The book, titled Madeleine and detailing the family's ordeal and the investigation, will be published on May 12, which would be her eighth birthday, according to the Daily Mirror.
The money raised will pay for private detectives still trying to find Maddy (...) » in The Evening Standard, April 11, 2011
«JK Rowling helped Kate McCann to write her book on missing daughter Madeleine.
The Harry Potter author gave advice as she penned details of the youngster's 2007 disappearance in Portugal.
Kate hopes to raise £1million from the book. She said: "Every penny will go on the search for Madeleine."
WITH cash draining from the fund set up to hunt for Madeleine McCann, JK Rowling’s pledge to help was a welcome boost to mum Kate.
The Harry Potter author gave the devastated 42-year-old advice and support as she wrote the harrowing details of the night her daughter vanished from their holiday apartment on the Algarve.
Kate’s book is expected to raise £1million and she and husband Gerry, both 42, hope it will help shed new light on how Madeleine vanished four years ago.
Rowling, 45, is a supporter of the Madeleine Fund, which has dwindled to £200,000(...)
Rowling has been heavily involved in the search for Madeleine since she vanished in May 2007. The writer offered a reported £1million reward to find the youngster.
She also donated to the fund set up to aid the worldwide search.
Rowling arranged for a poster featuring Madeleine to be made available to book retailers across the globe.
And last November she helped Kate and Gerry to secure their book deal. She suggested they use her literary agent Christopher Little, who arranged a publishing contract with Transworld.
Last January, Rowling met the couple, both doctors, at a fund-raising event in London to mark the 1,000th day since Madeleine vanished from Praia da Luz.
Her official website features a Madeleine section giving details of her case and phone numbers to contact with information (...) » in The Mirror, April 11, 2011
And the 'Clarrification' aka the McCann's PR 'damage control' statement
A number of national newspapers yesterday reported that the best-selling author was helping the McCanns write their account of how three-year-old Madeleine went missing while on holiday in Portugal almost four years ago.
Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said that while Ms Rowling and the McCanns share the same literary agent, the author had played no part in the publication of the book, called Madeleine.
Speaking to the Mercury, he said: "In the light of recent reports citing JK Rowling's involvement in the Kate's forthcoming book, I can confirm that while she has been and continues to be a long time family supporter, her only involvement in bringing the book to publication has been via her literary agent Christopher Little, who has also been representing Kate.
"Beyond this, JK Rowling has had no involvement in the writing, editing or publication of the book."
The book will be released by publishers Transworld on May 12 – Madeleine's eighth birthday» in This is Leicestershire, April 12, 2011
Note: Some of the Portuguese press covered the McCann publicity stunt, one was the formerly unbiased Público newspaper in a small single column article in the Oporto edition, the other was Sábado magazine in what can only be described as a translation from the Mirror tabloid. Perhaps Público & Sábado's editors-in-chief should teach their journalists to verify their sources (McCann 'press releases' in the UK media) before copying and printing fake stories... that is, if they wish to be taken seriously in other issues non-McCann related.
The Spin in Motion (update on April 13, 2011)