June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
A truly touching, considered, and frank life story. In 1992 Rachel Nickell was sexually assaulted and stabbed 49 times in front of her nearly three year old son Alex while on Wimbledon Common. Alex now tells his story. I will confess to feeling trepidation before starting this tale, I didn't want to intrude, yet Alex invites you follow him through his life. While the focus is of course, on how that day has shaped him, the actions of the murderer are not graphically recounted. Alex is now a grown man, memories of that time and his childhood flicker, some strong, some relived with help. The actions of the press, and the police are examined, yet this isn’t a blame game, even though catastrophic and fatal errors were made. I raged, I felt pain, yet I also felt admiration, and wonderment as difficult choices were made while Alex and his father were in a world of pain and confusion. ‘Letting Go’ is at times a heartbreaking read, of course it is, yet it also compellingly celebrates life, love and family. ~ Liz Robinson
The stunning and heartbreaking story of the young son of Rachel Nickell - who witnessed the brutal attack on his mother and whose childhood was shaped by the media storm that followed. A coming-of-age story that begins with a tragedy but ends in optimism, forgiveness and peace.
On a beautiful July morning in 1992, just three weeks before his third birthday, Alex Hanscombe and his young mother, Rachel Nickell, went walking on Wimbledon Common. Life was never the same again. Shortly after ten o'clock that morning, Alex was discovered by the side of his mother's body - she had been assaulted, stabbed forty-nine times in a frenzied attack, and left dead. Alex was the only witness to the attack.
Letting Go is Alex's heartbreaking account of that morning, the aftermath, and the devastating effect on his father, the extended family and the wider community. Alex tells the story of the resulting media storm, the legal cases following and the peace and understanding that he has now found, as a young man. In telling his story, and the truth, this is the last stage of Alex's incredible journey to letting go.
|Publication date:||18th May 2017|
|Publisher:||Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Biographies & Autobiographies|
Closing date: 26/09/2021
Alex Hanscombe is a survivor. On a beautiful July morning in 1992, just three weeks before his third birthday, Alex and his young mother, Rachel Nickell, went walking on Wimbledon Common. Life was never the same again. Shortly after ten o’clock that morning, Alex was discovered by the side of his mother’s body – she had been assaulted, stabbed forty-nine times in a frenzied attack, and left dead. Alex was the only witness to the attack. The investigation rapidly grew into one of the largest and most controversial in police history, and the resulting media storm would ...More About Alex Hanscombe