I Let Him Go

A mother’s heartbreaking true story of the crime that shocked the world

Denise Fergus
1 February 2018

RRP: A$29.99
ISBN: 9781760409951
Format: Trade paperback

Book overview

On 12th February 1993, Denise Bulger’s life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son’s hand to take out her purse.

Denise never saw her son again.

For the first time since that moment 25 years ago, Denise tells her extraordinary story in this heart-wrenching book, an unflinching account of that terrible day. What if she had never taken James shopping? What if she had turned right coming out of the butchers, instead of left? Would she have seen her son being led out of the centre by two children? Denise’s initial hope after seeing her son on CCTV with other children quickly turned to devastation when, two days later, James’ body was found.

His death reverberated around the world and his killers became the youngest ever convicted murderers in UK legal history. Four minutes is all it took for them to lead James away from his mother to his death. Denise then took up a tortuous legal battle for James, and it was her astonishing strength and determination that ultimately helped to change the way the law treats victims of crime in the UK.

This is a mother’s tale of finding a way through the despair to remember the happiness and wonderful memories that James brought his family. Above all, Denise doesn’t want her son to be remembered as a murdered child, and with this beautifully written book, she does just that.

Part of the proceeds of the book will be donated to the James Bulger Memorial Trust.