Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen

Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen is the all-exclusive inside story of ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor’s tumultuous romantic relationship with the gold-medal athlete which turned into every mother’s nightmare.

Told through the eyes of Sam’s mother, Patricia Taylor, it tracks the heady days of young romance when 24-year-old Pistorius met her 17-year-old daughter, Sam, and became part of the Taylor family’s close circle. The next two-and-a-half years would become a roller-coaster ride of extreme highs and dangerous lows as Pistorius’s growing international celebrity, emotional fragility, broken promises and recklessness consumed the Taylor family. 

The lowest point was during the 2012 London Olympics. While the world watched and cheered, unaware of the dark and desperate space Pistorius found himself in, the distraught and weeping athlete was on the phone day in and day out to the Taylors. On his return home, promises to get psychological help never materialised as Pistorius became increasingly reckless with guns and drove cars at breakneck speed. 

After one too many reckless incidents, where her daughter’s life was endangered, Patricia Taylor prophetically warned: “Oscar, something is going to go wrong and it’s going to happen soon. Your life is like a terrible accident waiting to happen.” 

Three months later Pistorius would shoot and kill Reeva Steenkamp, with the same gun he fired through the open roof of a speeding car with Samantha in the back seat. 

Of all the “Oscar” books to be released, An Accident Waiting to Happen is the only behind-the-scenes story shedding light on the athlete’s state of mind leading up to the night he fired four fatal shots through the bathroom door. 

Written by award-winning author and journalist, Melinda Ferguson, in close collaboration with Patricia Taylor, the book has already attracted huge international interest. Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen will be on shelf and simultaneously released as an e-book after the verdict has been announced. The authors and book will be featured as part of the breaking news on Good Morning America while various newspapers are presently trying to outbid each other to serialise the book.

Parameters of Book: 
Author: Melinda Ferguson and Patricia Taylor
ISBN: 9781920601324
d-PDF ISBN: 9781920601331
ePUB ISBN: 9781920601348
mobi file ISBN: 9781920601355
Size (mm): 235x155mm
Pages: 176pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White with Colour Section
Rights: South African Rights
Language: English
Publication Date: September 2014