At the age of 36, struggling writer, Julie Wassmer was about to have her first ever meeting with a literary agent. Little did Julie know how momentous this meeting was set to be.
Twenty years earlier, when Julie was just sixteen, she had become pregnant. Worried how her parents would react, Julie had kept her pregnancy a secret right up until the day she gave birth. Ten days later, she’d been forced to make the hardest decision of her life: to give her baby up for adoption.
As the years passed, Julie often wondered what had happened to her daughter. Now, through the most extra-ordinary of co-incidences, Julie was about to find out. A temporary secretary called Sara had just started working in the agents’ office. Sara had recently discovered that she had been adopted, and had just got hold of her birth certificate. According to the certificate, her mother’s name was Julie Wassmer.
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Last year BBC One launched the MY STORY competition to find the most remarkable true-life stories in Britain. Over 7,500 people sent applied and a panel of judges shortlisted fifteen finalists.
Now, over five weeks, MY STORY reveals the fifteen finalists and the five who've won the ultimate prize: to see their story become a published book.
Each week a different celebrity will meet three of the fifteen finalists and, at the end of the programme, the panel of judges will reveal the winning story. The winning story will then become a published book, available from bookshops the day after each programme has been broadcast.
Altogether, over five weeks, five books will be published.
The winning stories were selected by a panel of judges chaired by Kate Mosse, author of best-selling book ‘Labrynth’ and co-founder of the Orange Prize for Literature. The award-winning writer and broadcaster Fergal Keane and novelist Jenny Colgan were also on the panel.
Each of the stories had to be true and they were judged on solely on the quality of the story.
The series begins on Tuesday 7 September with Maureen Lipman presenting the three entries in the FAMILY category. This book will be published the following day.About the Author:
JULIE WASSMER was born in the East End of London and went on to become a television script writer, contributing for almost twenty years, to the popular series, Eastenders. During her career she has created many dramatic plotlines, but none so extraordinary as the one that forever changed her own life on the day she finally met her daughter again.
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