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Summary

On the morning of Saturday 15th April 1989, Jenni Hicks, her husband and their two teenage daughters, Sarah and Vicki, went to watch a football match. That was to be their last day as a family. Sarah and Vicki didn't come home, and Jenni's world was changed forever. 

Since that fateful day, Jenni has tirelessly campaigned for justice for her own and others' families. But this is not the story of the Hillsborough tragedy. This is a story of what came before and after that day: of a mother's love, her unimaginable bravery, a flame of hope that never died and a quest for justice that has lasted three decades. It is a journey that has taken her from Allerton Cemetery to the Courts of Appeal, from the depths of despair to meetings with prime ministers and royalty.

With the final court cases coming to a conclusion in spring 2021, Jenni's role as the longest serving committee member of the Hillsborough Family Support Group is coming to an end—and she can finally give herself permission to grieve solely as a mother, rather than as a campaigner.

One Day in April is the first time that Jenni has spoken about her story in full and is a unique and poignant tribute to the lives that Sarah and Vicki lost, and the final word from the extraordinary mother they left behind.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Jenni Hicks (P)2022 Orion Publishing Group

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"By a woman at the very heart of the Hillsborough story, this book is utterly gripping." (Jimmy McGovern, screenwriter for film Hillsborough)

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Appalling narration

I'm so deeply sorry for what Jenni went through, and lives with every single day. However, the narration of her book was horrendous. It sounded as though Sue had a cold at the time of recording. This, plus the very obvious acting instead of narrating made this book hard to listen to, for the wrong reasons. Such a shame, I really wanted to rate it higher but just can't.

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I must start by saying that in reviewing this book I am in no way belittling what this family went through. But this review refers to the style and narration of the book only and as such does not presume to criticise Any of the author’s reaction to events. Firstly the narrator was just awful. The idea that a good actress can fulfil the role of book narrator is in this case, mistaken. Sue Johnson tries to ‘act’ the author as well as serve as a medium for her writing. The amount of emotion she tries to inject into the narrative is stilted, overdone and,at times, deeply irritating. It is not necessary to overlay the occasional humorous remark with a throaty chuckle. We get the fact that it is a light hearted remark. Jenny Hicks was a wonderful mother but the overlong account of her childhood, youth and upbringing came across as padding in a book supposed be focussing on the terrible events at Hillsborough. The book could have benefitted from some tight editing by a professional as the the endless reported conversations recounting every yes, no and maybe was the reason I gave up listening half way through the book, which was a shame. I did not wish to rate the ‘story’ section of this review as that was, I felt, inappropriate in a personal memoir. But audible asks you for this. But I repeat, the choice of Sue Johnson as narrator was the worst thing about it.

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Made me cry, shout with anger and left me amazed

My heart breaks and goes out to each and every one of the family, friends and supporters of the 96 and I have ever since seeing the disaster unfold on tv as a child followed each and every milestone and injustice that has been carried out. My joy at the final inquest verdict was immense

Listening to this book written so beautifully and expressing such hope, fight, pride and inspiration strength and fight for justice has been a truly eye opening experience and this ladies character and dignity has been expressed in every word of love and devotion both to her girls and to the other families has come through in every sentence and paragraph so ably expressed by Sue Johnson

I rarely write reviews but this book has been an experience where I felt driven to express my feelings on reading the book I only wish I could have such strength dealing with my own loss

To everyone in Liverpool and the families friends and supporters of the 96 this book is not a must read it is a should read for everyone in this country and around the world

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Amazing

A book everyone should read and a truly inspirational, strong lady. God bless you Jenni

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Tragic But What A Lady

So awful & the things you went through . So very sad & so unfair too for all the 97 victims . I think your a very strong lady going through it all & coming out the other side . Very strange to the prediction by your daughter , but also nice as you know what she wanted 😢. Good luck to you for the future lots of love ❤️ x

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An excellent and eye-opening book

The book was so interesting, well-written and read. Out of the many books I have read, I would include this in the top 5 of books I will particularly remember always, and will be glad I have listened to. I bought the hardback as well and will keep it always as a reminder.

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An Important Narrative

Being a Liverpool supporter, I know of Jenni Hicks and the struggles of herself and the other Hillsborough victims families in seeking justice for their loved ones over the last 30 plus years.

This book was just about as harrowing as you can imagine, re-living the disaster through Jenni's memories. But the story of her survival through that time, of having to adjust to a new life without her family, and all the while fighting for justice for her daughters was an important one to tell. Not only for her own mental recovery, but also the corruption of not only the South Yorkshire Police but also the Government at the time, and still the Government now is now out there in the public consciousness thanks to people like Jenni Hicks and her resilience and refusal to accept what she knew to be completely false.

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A beautiful tribute

I would recommend this book to anyone, the truth, honesty & emotion is striking. I lovely tribute to all those who died in an unnecessary tragedy that I remember since the day it happened and will never forget

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Brilliantly written and fabulously narrated

So brave of Jenni Hicks to share the story of losing her two beautiful girls at Hillsborough. It seemed poignant reading it this week and fitting somehow with the anniversary of the disaster. Brilliantly written and fabulously narrated by SueJohnson a true Scouser through and through.

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Something we hope we should never go through.

A touching recollection and frustration of a mothers fight for justice for her daughters