Fran Macilvey’s Books

Fran Macilvey’s memoir Trapped: My Life With Cerebral Palsy (ISBN 978-1-510704121) is published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York (2016)  in paperback, hardcover, e-book and audio version narrated by the author.



Fran Macilvey's Books - Trapped - book coverTrapped is Fran’s true story, in which she candidly reveals how hard it has been to achieve a ‘normal’ life despite the physical, emotional, and social effects of permanent disability.  All her life, Fran has battled huge odds to prove that she could succeed: as a child, a student, a working adult, a wife and a mother, she has fought to find a dignity in life that many people take for granted.

With the help of her family and friends, Fran has finally proved that it is possible to find peace, certainty and joy in life.  She has always used her writing to help her explore the meaning of life.  With Trapped Fran shares messages of hope and peace through forgiveness and love.

Trapped is a gold medal winner and an Amazon International Bestseller.

You can read selected reviews here

You can find Trapped on

Amazon UK   Waterstones   Barnes&Noble

If you prefer to obtain Trapped from an independent retailer, the book is currently published in the United States, and is available to order in the UK and elsewhere from any reputable book seller, through the usual retail outlets, or through Ingram Publisher Services UK 

In the United Kingdom, wholesale orders can be placed with Katie Ager, Ingram Publisher Services UK, Regus St Paul’s, Room 201c St Martin’s House, 16 St Martin’s Le Grand, London, EC1A 4EN  (Tel: +44 (0)207 3978460)

Please contact the author if you would like to buy signed copies in any quantity (paperback £12 including P&P, hardcover £15 including P&P within the UK / elsewhere £15.00 and £17.00 respectively, including P&P) .

Trapped has been listed as a top-fifty resource in SPED in the USA.

Thanks to everyone who reads, purchases, reviews, comments and shares Trapped.  If, having read Trapped you feel moved to leave a review, please do so.  Every review is very much appreciated and helps to expand the reach of Trapped and to increase its visibility.

Fran’s second book Happiness Matters (ISBN: 978-1-999713607) explores how we can all find more happiness in challenging times; what Fran calls, ‘gleaning something valuable from forty years of making mistakes’.

On Monday, 19th June 2017, Happiness Matters is being launched at the Edinburgh Offices of the Thistle Foundation, 13 Queen’s Walk, Craigmillar, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA from 6 – 8 pm. Everyone is most welcome for drinks, nibbles, conversation and books! We look forward to seeing you there (and if anyone would like directions please email

Fran is currently enjoying writing a women’s fiction series inspired by her time working as a solicitor in Scotland. The first, Lisa Somerville: Lessons in Matrimonial Law, is nearing completion.

If you would like to read synopses, proposals or outlines for any of the above works, please contact Fran at

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