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Jemima

Jemima's first and last book, 'The Draft' is available now. To order from Amazon: Click here.

The book is stocked by her local Horton Post Office, Waterstone’s Taunton and online via Amazon. The book is a 8x10 souvenir edition costing £25 and contains colour family photographs as well as her private diary entries and extracts from her notebooks. The kindle edition is not illustrated.

Jemima's Story made International news appearing in European, American, Asian and African publications.

In October 2012 Bernd Fischer, in his article for Tuks student newsletter (S.Africa)wrote,

'When imagining a hero, most of us picture a strong and fearless character in a spandex unitard, as seen in the comic books we read or in the movies we watch. It is therefore unusual for us to witness a 13-year-old girl being called a hero by the media. But if a hero is defined as someone who comes to the rescue of those in need, then Jemima Layzell from England deserves the title. After all she did save eight lives.'


'We all have our stories to tell. This is Jemima's first and last and because of that so important to all of us who read it now.  This is her life.’ 
Michael Morpurgo

'I think it's the most beautiful, touching, heartbreaking book.' Jacqueline Wilson


 The Jemima Layzell Trust

Jemima’s family are publishing her diaries with 50% of the profit initially going towards setting up a Charitable Trust. The other half will be kept for Jemima’s younger sister Amelia (12).

The aim of the Trust will be twofold: to support existing charities devoted to helping children with similar conditions as Jemima and also assist aspiring authors reach their full potential. The exact details have yet to be finalised.



As Harvey's oldest daughter, Jemima, should she have chosen to join the family firm, would have been the fifth generation of J. Layzell & Sons.

Jemima died suddenly and unexpectedly of a brain aneurism on Wednesday 14th March 2012. She was 13. She left behind a great legacy: as an organ donor she saved 8 people lives and as an aspiring author she left a number of diairies, the last one she called 'The Draft'.

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