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I Let Him Go

By: Denise Fergus
Narrated by: Siân Polhill-Thomas
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A truly inspiring and heartbreaking book from the mother of little James Bulger - whose murder by two young boys shocked the world.

On 12th February 1993, Denise'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.

In this extraordinary and heart-wrenching audiobook comes the unflinching account of that terrible day from James Bulger's mother, Denise. What if she had never taken James shopping? What if she had turned right coming out of the butcher's instead of left? Would she have seen her son being led out of the centre by two children?

Denise's initial hope - of seeing her son on CCTV with other kids - quickly turned to devastation when, two days later, James' body was found. His murder shocked the world, as his killers became the youngest convicted murderers in the UK. Denise then took up a tortuous legal battle for James, and it was her astonishing strength and love for her son that ultimately helped to change the way the law treats victims of crime.

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 audiobook she does just that.

©2018 Denise Fergus (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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I am with heavy heart after reading this

I rarely write a review, but this time. I feel I have to.
I am a mom of 3, my youngest is the same age as James Bulger. He is 2 going on 3 in just a few short weeks. I can’t help but feel weak and sickness while reading. There were quite a few times I had to put it down and walk away. But then found myself needing to hear more so my mind wouldn’t wander into “what if scenarios”.

She told the story about her beautiful baby James beautifully. I felt I was with her, watching her relive the moments.
I laughed, I cried, I mourned, I screamed...i felt sick.
I could see him as she described him perfectly. I could feel her pain of loss as she described them amazingly.

I hate to say I loved the book, the narrator, the author, the story. Bc that sounds heartless. It sounds sick.
But I appreciate Denise Fergus, James’ mom, opening up and allowing strangers into her life, her precious life that was stolen.

Wishing this family strength, love and peace.

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heartbreaking

This story is so saddening. Read with great passion and emotions. Highly recommend this book.

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get all the kleenex

I can only empathize with Denise. She could have been any of us wonderful and loving and attentive parents. She could have been me. I cried so many times listening to this. The narrator was excellent, and the story is heart wrenching. I know that Venables is up for parole this year and I'm just disgusted by it... release his identity and let parents protect their babies from a monster. All my love to you Denise and your family. and despite your wishes, I hope someone kills these two monsters... or that there truly is a hell for them to burn in.

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Amazing and shockingly Honest!

Thank you, Denise and family, for letting us be a part of your life’s work in honour of little James. As a mother, I felt every single pain and disgust and heartbreak. I commend your courage for sharing your incredible story. God bless you!

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Just wow.

This is, quite literally, the most amazing memoir ever. As a mom, I was a little afraid to listen to this, but I’m glad I did. Just wow. It’s a tough listen, but rewardingly life changing. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll rage, you’ll smile, and you’ll want to hop a plane and go give Denise a big, long hug. She’s my hero.

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Amazing Book

This book is beautifully written. A mother’s love for her child is relentless and this book really shows that.

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Heartbreaking

This book is so well written. The story takes us through the details of James Bulgers mothers life experiences. Heartbreak at every turn. I hope this book was cathartic for her.

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prayers for the family

heartbreaking but inspiring. a mother's love is the strongest. so glad I read this book.

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  • gerryc
  • 02-07-18

extremely well told.

brilliant idea to narrate it in a Liverpool accent.makes it more sad.truly heart breaking story.

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  • julie t.
  • 02-07-18

A mothers fight to be heard

heartbreaking, but now I don't just see the baby who was murdered by two truly evil children,whose picture I have never forgotten I see James running around in my mind. Thank you Denise and JUSTICE FOR JAMES

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  • Shazebee
  • 10-14-18

Justice for James, none, 25 years later ...

I have always followed James' story and have of course felt deep empathy, as a mother myself, for Denise his mummy, but wow have I realised through this book just how traumatic and horrific this was for all of James' family. This book is bound to make you cry as it looks deep into Denises soul and takes you on the very journey she was taken on. a journey through hell. some of us, myself included will know how it feels when you lose sight of your child, your heart physically and painfully jumps, but then all is well. Just imagine how 10 minutes of that must feel? Then a day, then 2 days later that child is found killed in THE most horrific and EVIL way. as if that isnt enough to almost kill you, Denise has had to fight for justice for James for 25, yes 25 years, against our governments justice system. A system that undoubtedly seems to be all for protecting James' killers (and others like them) given 5 star treatment in a youth offenders home. no prison time as it was deemed they were 'rehabilitated' and freed after only 8 years!!! then set up with new identities and given homes, money, back stories to enable them to FOOL the rest of society! They were awarded the right to learn anything about Denise and James' brothers and yet she to this day is NOT allowed to know ANYTHING about them!!! its a joke! why exactly do we protect and coddle killers and yet stick 2 fingers up at the victims???? WTF? Keep fighting Denise. We are all behind you! James will be SO SO proud of his mum and stuart and his brothers. Where you find the strength? I do not know. Probably you are driven by getting JUSTICE FOR JAMES. Thank you for the book. It was wonderfully written and read so well. Wishing you some peace and love, from one mum to another.

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  • Chris
  • 02-06-18

The bravest woman

This is the most heart breaking, saddest, emotional yet bravest book I have ever read.
What a remarkable woman Denise Fergus is .

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  • Supermum
  • 02-02-18

Heartbreaking

This book is honest, brutally honest.. although Denise doesn't know the full extent of her babies injuries so the listener is spared that detail but her account of what she and her family and to endure is horrendous. She's a better woman than I as I would want them hung for what they did.. brilliantly read and sets the record straight on stuff the press got wrong.

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  • Briony Nunne
  • 03-13-18

Emotional and Heartbreaking

Narrated really well. So heartbreaking to listen too though. I can't even begin to imagine the pain, heartache and anger Denise, her family and friends have gone through over the last 25 years. My heart goes out to them all.

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  • Nicola Siddons
  • 07-02-18

Prepare for Heartbreak.

A heartwrenching, intimate account of every parent's worst nightmare, narrated perfectly by Sian Polhill-thomas. I still to this day, can not believe that this ever happened to baby James and his family. It is all very well hearing about it on the news, but to hear Denise's personal story, has broken my heart. Thanks for having the courage to write this book, we all stand with you.

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  • lou jarvis
  • 03-06-18

Wow...Heartbreaking but a must read.

It been a true eye opener to all that Denise and Ralph and her poor family endured... and still do.
Although heartbreaking a truly insured story of A mother's love and fight for justice. Keep fighting.....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-18

Beautiful

Loved it
Was touching and I finished it in two days. I was so moved by it

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  • KP
  • 02-17-18

A Moving, honest account of a mother's battle for Justice for James

I would have given this book 10 stars if I could. I applaud Denise Fergus for having the courage to share her most personal thoughts and feelings and for successfully reminding us that James was so much more than the tiny figure being led out of the Strand Shopping Arcade on that fateful day. James was a loving little boy with a beautiful soul; a son, grandson, nephew, cousin and a big brother to be. James was funny, sweet, energetic and mischievous; his mother's 'little monkey'. It's a heart wrenching account of a mother's battle for justice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-22

Such a hard listen

A heart wrenching story of grief and fight, Praise to the mum who never gives up and has shared her story. My heart breaks

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  • Edwina Cannon
  • 04-23-22

A heartfelt account of life !

Denise puts genuine feeling and first hand knowledge to her terrible experience, enabling her listeners to get a clear insight into her terrible experience and life afterwards.

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  • Amanda Menn
  • 02-18-22

Sad story, but well done

I had heard this story in the news, but this is Denise’s story which tells so much more. Being a mother myself and having been through tragedies, it touched me more deeply than I expected. It is well written and it makes you feel like you are right there going through this with the family. The narrator is also excellent. All up I recommend this book, but be prepared to hold onto your kids a little tighter afterwards.

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  • Taniya S.
  • 07-24-21

Truely Heartbreaking! Truely Compelling!

I write this review with tears still rolling down my cheeks. In 1993 my 1st born son was not even 1 years old when this happened in the UK. I/we live in Western Australia, when I believe Venables is currently imprisoned for his latest offences. Of course I could be wrong, as no one knows where this person travelled on his, in my shared opinion, too early release from his glossy entitled imprisonment. This terrifies me, as it should anyone & everyone, not least the ones most affected by this tragic, oh so TRAGIC set of events that sealed poor little James Bulger's short life.
My heart truely goes out to his mother. You have told your story, James's story, with so much more dignity than I think I could have.
James's memory shall forever live on. With love from a stranger you will possibly never meet ❤

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  • krispyp
  • 10-01-19

sharing her heartbreaking

Felt your pain - love the way life continued to grow in you. James lives on in all your boys. Can't comprehend the pain you endured.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

Heartbreaking but so proud of Denise

A heartbreaking retell but a must read to support James and his family.
Well done Denise to tell your story. Our hearts broke then and do again. We support you and thank you for your bravery to write

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  • veno57
  • 02-24-19

A heartbreaking story of every mothers nightmare

I couldnt have listened to this if it was just about the details of the murder. This is a story about a mother and her family having to go through the most horrific tragedy any mother could go through and the struggle of making sure she fought the best fight she could for the memory and justice for her child.

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  • Mad cow
  • 01-29-19

Strong and amazing

Even after all that has happen the criminals have the right to your paper work and your personal details.
That just makes my blood boil.
I too have had 2 things happen in my life that the criminal get all my information and that to me is criminal.
I too live in fear that they will come get me as they were sentenced to prison.
It’s injustice is mind boggling that the victim has to create a live WITHOUT any help. And yet they get three meals a day no bills clean linen and tv, and god forbid designer cloths WTF
And the right to read everything you are doing. Shame on them the government police high courts to allow this to continue year after year.
They don’t loose a thing they get paid good money to live the life they so don’t deserve while we struggle day in day out. God bless you for bringing this into the world
Worth the read support the fund
RIP knowing that you are the strong
Ones and those parent that pushed and laughed at you are the criminals also.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-19

Wow! Not easy, very worthwhile!

An incredibly brave real life story to tell. Not easy to hear yet so powerful and necessary.
I commend you Denise #justiceforjames

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  • David
  • 06-08-18

Amazing Book

wrote with courage & love and honesty, about a very sad loss to a family still affected by a senseless lack of pure evil.