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by Michael Tierney,Sandra Gregory

  • ISBN: 1904132278
  • Author: Michael Tierney,Sandra Gregory
  • ePub ver: 1511 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Vision (January 1, 2003)
  • Formats: lrf lit txt mbr
  • Category: Memoris
  • Subcategory: Specific Groups
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Sandra Gregory, Michael Tierney.

Sandra Gregory, Michael Tierney.

Sandra Gregory has since gained a degree at Oxford. Customers who bought this item also bought

Sandra Gregory has since gained a degree at Oxford. Customers who bought this item also bought. I chose this book as Sandra Gregory spends the last few years of her sentence in the UK so I was interested to see her opinion of the UK compared to conditions in Thailand (where she was originally convicted). The writing is straight forward and she comes across as a person who genuinely found a way of coping with situation which is to be admired.

Forget You Had a Daughter book. Sandra Gregory, Michael Tierney. Sandra doesn't believe she shouldn't have spent time in prison, as what she did was wrong, however she felt that the UK system should have changed the 25 years sentence that she was given in Thailand, to a sentence in line with a similar charge in the UK. There are a number of countries in the world that do this with people who are charged overseas, and are then returned to serve the rest of their time in their countries, meaning a reduction in many cases.

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Sandra Gregory seemed to have the perfect life in Bangkok – until illness, unemployment and political unrest . Following relentless campaigning by her parents – who refused to forget they had a daughter – she was pardoned by the King of Thailand and released in 2000

Sandra Gregory seemed to have the perfect life in Bangkok – until illness, unemployment and political unrest turned it into a nightmare. Desperate to get home by any means possible, she agreed to smuggle an addict's personal supply of heroin. Following relentless campaigning by her parents – who refused to forget they had a daughter – she was pardoned by the King of Thailand and released in 2000. Forget You Had a Daughter is the extraordinary story of an ordinary British woman who made a mistake that changed the rest of her life. True Stories True Crime Thriller & Crime Biographies. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The title of Sandra Gregory’s book, Forget You Had a Daughter, comes from the letter that she wrote to her parents . I cannot do five, ten or twenty years like this. You produced a wonderful human being who wanted to change the world, but has instead messed it up. I am so very, very sorry.

The title of Sandra Gregory’s book, Forget You Had a Daughter, comes from the letter that she wrote to her parents after her arrest. It is a story told without self-pity or self-justification. What I have done is not excusable,’ she writes, ‘and above all else I know better than to do what I di. Nor does she reproach the Thai authorities and their system of justice, except to allow herself the wry reflection that their prison sentences are perhaps a touch on the long side.

Sandra Gregory was caught smuggling heroin through Bangkok airport in 1993. Her punishment saw her suffer the horrors of the notorious 'Bangkok Hilton' prison, before being transferred to a British prison, then freed in 2000.

Michael Tierney, Sandra Gregory. Place of Publication. I can not put this book down. I love this book and would advise all to read. Best-selling in Non-Fiction.

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Overview: Forget You Had a Daughter is the extraordinary story of an ordinary British woman who made a mistake that changed the rest of her life. Sandra Gregory seemed to have the perfect life in Bangkok-until illness, unemployment and political unrest turned it into a nightmare.

Overview: Forget You Had a Daughter is the extraordinary story of an ordinary British woman who made a mistake that changed the rest of her life. She didn't even make it onto the plane.

Following two years of living abroad in Thailand, Sandra Gregory suddenly became desperately ill and as her medical bills began to mount, her bank account dwindled. In exchange for $2,000 she agreed to carry 89 grams of heroin to Tokyo for a friend, but before she even boarded the plane she was caught by Bangkok Airport security and ultimately sentenced to 25 years inside the infamous Lard Yao prison. In this shocking account, Sandra details the four and a half years she spent in Thai prison and describes scenes of horrific brutality and suffering. She tells of her daily fight for survival, of the many women who died with no medical care or loved ones around them, and of her acceptance of her guilt and ultimate redemption. Amidst the pain and torture, this honest recollection shows how Sandra fought for survival, and prevailed.

Comments (7)

Dakora
Bless Sandra Gregory. Having watched her on "Locked up abroad" (or "Banged up abroad" depending on where you saw this) I was struck at how honest she seemed and wanted to read her story. This is a woman who did something you rarely see. She took responsibility for her actions, acknowledged that there was no one to blame but herself, but still comes off as incredibly likeable, if not a bit naïve.
The book covers her life traveling in Thailand (she didn't go specifically to transport drugs), her sickness that depleted her funds, and the gentleman she met at her weakest point, who offered her a way to get home. You learn that Thai jail, with some developing world, hellish aspects, wasn't necessarily as much of a struggle as the part of her sentence in the UK. Also, I learned that Rosemary West loved her birds.
I highly recommend this book. It is educational, blisteringly honest, and a brisk read.
Jerdodov
I got this book as I was looking forward to delving into the reasons Sandra Gregory had for trying to traffic drugs out of Thailand, a country not exactly known for its leniency, as well as Sandra's experiences in jail.
The author does go into great detail on her though process and is candid that she was not smart and let her exhaustion and sickness along with her desperation for home to lead her into a terrible decision.
What was interesting was how close she was to getting away with it as Thai police only searched her due to the nervousness she was exhibiting. I was also very impressed with how well she was able to articulate the conditions and experiences of both Thai and British prisons. Of course as a reader you know its a one sided tale but still the pictures evoked and the concept of going into a British prison and being taken care of physically but emotionally losing it was something I had never thought of before. Asian prisons have such a bad reputation that the concept that they might actually be better for prisoners was simply not even something I would have ever conceived of before!
My criticism of this book was that the storytelling was very disjointed and it was hard to get a concept of her timeline and there were people she talked about as being so vital to her, such as the embassy representative in Thailand, but there is no story on them or what they even did.
Overall this book is interesting and worth the read
Silly Dog
I just finished reading "Forget You Had a Daughter" by Sandra Gregory and I found it to be one scary book. Young people take a lot of chances and this young lady took one too - big mistake. She should have just called home and asked her parents for money. That's what parents are there for (I'm a parent, and I know!). I enjoyed the book immensely and felt badly for the author who lost a lot of years in her young life to prison. Glad that she's doing well now and has moved on! On a lighter note, my daughter walked past the book on my dresser and was very hurt to think that I would read a book about trying to forget that I had her. I had to explain the title to her and I also had to interject a life lesson about the potential dangers of traveling abroad with drugs. I think she was sorry she brought the whole subject up!
Marelyne
This was one of those books that I honestly could not put down. I'm sure everyone knows that feeling, when you just lose yourself in the words and are transported to the world laid out in front of you. I read it in three days (between working each day and socialising on at least two of those evenings) so it's fair to say that I loved it. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be arrested in a foreign country and sent to prison, this book is for you.

Sandra Gregory was caught attempting to smuggle 89 grams of heroin out of Bangkok's Don Muang airport in 1993. Unsurprisingly, she was caught, along with her co-conspirator Robert Locke, the man she claims asked her to carry the drugs. Her detailed description of the lead up to the arrest and her uncanny sense of dread that things were going to end badly is compelling to read. Sandra lets you inside her thoughts and gives a clear insight into the horrifying predicament she found herself in, both before, during and after the arrest.

Sandra provides a fairly detailed description of her life growing up in Hollingbourne in the UK, helping the reader to gain some degree of understanding of her as a person (pre-arrest) - her relationship with her family and her hopes and dreams for the future. In my opinion, this part of the book was a bit long winded and I would have preferred a shorter version.

She then proceeds to tell her story post-arrest and this is where things get powerfully irresistible to read. As the reader, I felt like I was there with her, during her first days in Lard Yao Women's Prison, her depression and her hopes for freedom that were so often dashed. You can easily see through her storytelling of the worst chapter in her life, why she made the heartbreaking decision to ask for her family to forget they had a daughter.

There are two main parts to this book, the first of Sandra's experience of living in Lard Yao Prison, followed by her transfer to the United Kingdom where she was housed with some of England's worst female criminals. She describes the contrasts in prison life and the legal bureaucracy her and her family faced in their fight for her freedom. Importantly, she candidly discusses the fact that she was guilty of the crime that she committed and that she deserved to be punished. At no point does she try to justify what she did, other than to offer her reasons for doing it, which is refreshing.

I highly recommend this book.

Sandra Gregory was interviewed for a documentary on "Banged Up Abroad" which can be found on YouTube. <...>
felt boot
Gripping details of a life (for want of a better word) inside prison. Equally gripping is the story, and how often do we read and see this in media, of the many young men and woman from so many different countries being imprisoned because of an act of unthinkable stupidity.
Will this book change an attitude? Probably not but it was a part of the authors healing and consequently justified.

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