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11 Oak Street

By Graham Cook

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11 Oak Street is the true story of how the Queen’s bankers, Coutts & Co, sent two cashiers cheques to a law firm in San Francisco with the wrong address on the envelope, setting off a chain of events that led to the abduction of a three-year-old child from Bristol, England, to San Francisco, California.

It is a horrifying story of greed, ineptness, corruption, stupidity and wasted years as the father tries to seek justice and access to his son in the midst of a ten-year nightmare Kafka could not have thought up.

If you want to read about unethical banking activities, or the seven Californian lawyers involved in this story who either went to jail, were disbarred, or resigned with charges pending, and inept judges who broke all the rules, or were disciplined, this is the book for you.

While the author now runs a successful publishing company, he agrees that this is one story that should never have happened.

11 Oak Street is available now from Amazon.

About the author

Graham grew up as one of six children from an impoverished background. He left school at fifteen and undertook an apprenticeship as a heating & ventilation engineer.

Aged twenty-three he started and sold one successful large company after another to companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, each of which, based on the principles of ethics and quality that are his hallmark, made him a very wealthy man at a very early age. However, after accumulating such wealth, he made the worst decision of his life in pandering to the ‘snob’ value of wanting and obtaining an account with the very exclusive Coutts & Co bank, whose mistake – despite their esteemed name – led to the chain of events which changed Graham’s life forever, and ended in the abduction of his son and financial ruin.