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Forget You Had a Daughter

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  837 ratings  ·  65 reviews

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

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Published May 24th 2010 by Vision Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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I read the Damage Done a couple of years ago which is also about life in a Bangkok prison but from the male perspective. It made for pretty horrific reading, but at the same time weirdly fascinating. So when I heard about this book I felt it needed reading to see life in a Bangkok prison from a female perspective, a few months later I found a copy in my local charity shop, took it home and there it sat on a shelf for a while!

This starts at the airport being found out by the police and I thought,
A touching story of one woman's heartbreaking journey through the Bangkok Hilton and the prison system in the UK. It is a story that actually transforms the reader into Sandra Gregory's own experiences and how she managed to make it through a horrific prison term and finally through the help of her parents seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! This is an excellent read and a lesson learned to late when we make the wrong decisions.
I think every teenager and young adult should have to read this book so if at any time someone asks them to carry drugs for them, especially in a foregin country, they know to say no and get the hell out of there!!! It just goes to show you how making one bad decision could affect the rest of your life. Sandra was lucky she survived all of her prison stints, especially the one in Thailand. I knew foreign prisons were bad but what she had to endure was absolutely horrific. She was honest and fort ...more

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
Joe Stamber
As someone ignorant of Sandra Gregory's story, I expected this book to be an account of her time in Lard Yao, or the notorious Bangkok Hilton. While this is certainly a main part of the book, there is more to it than that. Around the first quarter tells of the author's trip to Thailand and her adventures there. Eventually she becomes desperate to return home and accepts an offer to smuggle drugs to get the money she needs to pay for the journey. Of course, she gets caught and suffers the consequ ...more
I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars, if I could, as the last part of the book seemed to be just rushing through the last 4 years of her imprisonment. This autobiography is very good, in helping one to realize how one stupid decision can truly change the course of ones whole life. The author is very forthright in admitting that she did wrong as she was caught carrying heroin for someone else----trying to leave Thailand. She served about 5 years in a Thai prison, known as the Bangkok Hilton, ...more
This is the story of Sandra Gregory and her time in prison for attempting to smuggle drugs out of Thailand. She does part of her time in Thailand and the rest in the United Kingdom, where she is from. Although she was guilty of attempting to smuggle the drugs, the sentence that she received was harsh. She received at first a life sentence, that was then reduced to 25 years. This was longer than some murders in Thailand. The story takes you from shortly before her trip to Thailand, through to her ...more
Leila Summers
Reading this incredible story reminded me to be grateful for every minute of my life. While reading the book in bed sipping on coffee, I could walk to the kitchen to grab a bite to eat or go for a long hot bath if I felt like it. Sandra Gregory could not do any of this. She spent years in jail under shocking and appalling circumstances. Her crime? She naively attempted to traffic heroin out of Thailand for a near-stranger in order to make enough money to fly home to England. She initially receiv ...more
Claire Martin
I love a real life overseas prison story - and I always tend to get drawn to them when I go on holiday! It seems it is a bit of a tradition for me now. Anyway there isn't much I can say about the horrendous situation Sandra finds herself in that hasn't been said. It is a lot like Damage Done (though perhaps not quite so brutal) but from the female side. You get the usual background story, where you want to scream at the pages "don't do it!" but of course she does, as otherwise you wouldn't be re ...more
Brilliant read gives you an insight of life being taken away from you by taken drugs for someone else and end up with a long sentence and the day to day hardship of being in a prison in thailand living in tiny spaces and she thought it would be better when she got moved to britain prison but life got worse.great read
Debby Hallett
I saw the author briefly on the news remarking on the experience of the two young women recently detained in Peru and night her book. I've been interested lately in people's personal accounts of their experiences of being caught up in horrific situations. Gregory's descriptions are vivid, but the story doesn't make clear to me how she managed to improve her situation. No lawyers mentioned, and changes seem to happen magically. As a descriptive narrative of someone paying dearly for a rather sill ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Selinagreene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes prison stories and strength of the human spirit
This is an incredible story about a woman who was arrested for smuggling heroin out of Thailand and the time she spent in a Bangkok prison, and later in prison in the UK. What I foudn interesting what that Sandra Gregory felt that doing time in a British prison was harder to cope with than the terrible conditions she endured in Thailand. She said that in Thailand even though safety, health and survival were daily challenges, she was outside and busy enough to keep going. In the British prison, s ...more
not my usual genre but bought it as was only 49p! it was a gripping read hearing about life inside a bangkok prison and subsequently in the UK. interesting read.. would recommend!
A really good insight into prison life from a female perspective. It was interesting to see that English prisons can be just as horrific as Bangkok prison, in different ways.
Interesting insight into the prison system in Britain and Thailand, and how easy it is for my small mistake to turn your life totally upside down.
I first heard about this book on my new favorite National Geographic show, "Locked up Abroad." Tivo it, it's always gripping. One episode featured this British woman, Sandra Gregory, who made one stupid decision in her life (very, very, naive stupid decision) and was sentenced to death. I won't give anything away, but her tale of her ordeal is such a page turner I canceled all of my plans and spent two days pouring through the book till it was finished. If you're planning a trip to Thailand and ...more
What a harrowing story. After living in Thailand for 2 years, Sandra Gregory is desperate to return home and makes an incredibly stupid decision that changed her life forever. After agreeing to be a drug mule, she was caught red handed and sentenced to one of Bangkok's most notorious prisons. The conditions she describes are gut wrenching and I am still amazed she survived 5 years. Gregory also recounts her eventual transfer to the British prison system -- shockingly, a system that is perhaps ju ...more
Jessica Purton
A very eye opening view. Great book, couldn't put it down.
Alison B
Shocking and fascinating story.....a compelling read!
Maria Carlzon
Riktigt bra bok, den fångade mig direkt!!
Alethea Cope
Interesting and enlightening read
Allison White
A very good book that made a huge impression on me. You experience life easily through the author's eyes.

Wish there were more such books available.
Karen Vivian
Loved it - Not that I have even thought of drugs smuggling but this would certainly put me off.
An incredible story that I think everyone should have to read before they take a gap year. It makes you realise how different Britain is from other cultures, but also allows you to compare the British and Thai prison systems (although not with the results you might expect; the Thai prison, in some ways, is much better than the British).
Being a young, British woman who visits Thailand often, it hits very close to home. Sandra Gregory is a very inspirational woman, who was punished far too harshly
Gosh I remember reading this! and she story still haunts me to this day. I still get very paranoid at the airport just in case some one dare asks me to hold or carry something for them, even for a millisecond. This book kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end of the book. I still remember the horror I thought of when I read that she had to sleep in the space on the floor of the size of the prison floor tile due to the mass of inmates. Oh and the bra's...the life sentence, I could go on a ...more
A rather tragic tale about a young English lady living in Bangkok who decides to do a drug run to earn money to go home to Britain.
Unfortunately she gets nabbed and gets a 25 year sentence in prison.
The woes and misery she experiences and the friends she makes while in prison make for a fairly interesting story.
She eventually gets a pardon from the king and is sent to prison in Britain which according to her was way more horrific than anything she had experienced in Bangkok!
Interesting reading .
Rae Canterberry
This book by Sandra Gregory was undoubtedly the best book I have read this year. Not only did it change my life, but I would lay awake in bed and think about it while trying to fall asleep.

Ms. Gregory paints a picture of her time in a Bangkok prison that makes me thankful for every minute of my freedom. She admits her crime, and tells her story without feeling sorry for herself. I think every person that travels abroad needs to read this book.
Mar 18, 2007 Risu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone planning on going to Thailand
I really loved this book. The author, Sandra Gregory, has an amazing story to tell and throughout the book there was always something interesting, whether it was the awful conditions of the Lard Yao prison in Bangkok, the small pleasures she managed to squeeze out of her awful position or the survival tactics she used during her prison sentence. It was very depressing in a lot of places, and very well written.
This story was brilliant, I saw Sandra's story on banged up abroad so I knew the details of the story, but I was fascinated by her prison experience. Every school should read this book to show kids how prisons are and how simple it is to make a bad decision with dyer consequences. Overall brilliant story to read on a cold snowy day like today.
Yeah, you got me. I currently have a bit of a thing about books involving people incarcerated in foreign prisons for drug smuggling. This woman was moved to a UK prison in a deal with Thailand, and actually manages to make Rose West sound human after spending time jailed with her.
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