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Sweet William

Iain Maitland


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Life and death played out over 48 hours.

A father desperate to be with his young son escapes from a secure psychiatric hospital, knowing he has just one chance for the two of them to start a new life together. His goal is to snatch the three-year-old – a diabetic who needs insulin to stay alive – and run away to France … but first he must find the boy, evade his foster family and stay well clear of the police, already in pursuit.

A real page-turner cut through with dark humour, Sweet William zeroes in on a potent mix: mental illness, a foster family under pressure, and an aggrieved father separated from his precious child. The result is an incisive and deeply affecting literary thriller.

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  • Rights: UK and Commonwealth
  • BIC code(s): FF, FA
  • BISAC code(s): FIC019000

Sweet William

About the author

Iain Maitland

Iain Maitland is the author of Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder, 2016), a moving book of letters written to his son, who suffered from depression and anorexia. Iain is an ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity, and gives regular talks about mental health issues in the workplace. A writer since 1987, he is a journalist and has written more than 50 books, mainly on business, which have been published around the world.

Praise for Dear Michael – Love Dad

“Intriguing … heartbreaking.” Susie Mesure, Telegraph

“A wonderfully entertaining and moving book.” John Harding, Daily Mail

“By turns acidly funny, exasperating and poignant, painting a moving portrait both of mental illness and of a father in denial. But paternal love… shines through.” Caroline Sanderson, Sunday Express

“Wonderful, moving, humorous … extremely poignant.” Charlie Mortimer, Dear Lupin