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Depp v Heard: The Unreal Story

Depp v Heard: The Unreal Story


The definitive account of the infamous court battles between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, from the reporter who was there.

About the book

Is Johnny Depp a monstrous wife-beater or the victim of Amber Heard’s abuse?

Depp v Heard: the unreal story is the definitive account of Depp and Heard’s disastrous relationship and their epic legal battles, written by the only journalist to cover both trials in the UK and US.

Using court documents, witness testimony and contemporaneous evidence, Nick Wallis has pieced together all the violence, drug-taking and wild extravagance to reconstruct who did what, where and when. Nick explains why a UK court decided the abuse allegations against Johnny Depp were substantially true and why a jury in Virginia decided Amber Heard was lying.

The book dives into the online culture war which enveloped this story and investigates some of its more bizarre elements - the poo in the marital bed, the Australian dog-smuggling fiasco and the night Johnny Depp lost part of his finger.

Depp v Heard: the unreal story is written in the same page-turning style as Nick’s first book, The Great Post Office Scandal. It asks challenging questions about the realities of abuse and how lurid allegations are refracted through the media and the courts. If you took an interest in either trial and want to know what really happened on the private planes, island retreats and luxury compounds, this book will guide you through every significant moment of the story, in unflinching detail, all the way to its dramatic conclusion.


About the author

Nick is an award-winning broadcast journalist who was trained up by the BBC. He is known in the UK as one of the leading experts on the Post Office scandal, in which hundreds of innocent people were given criminal convictions on the basis of faulty IT evidence. This became the subject of Nick's first book, The Great Post Office Scandal. Nick got interested in Johnny Depp's legal battles when he was sent to the High Court in London to cover the first day of Depp v NGN in July 2020. He subsequently travelled to the US in April 2022 to report on Depp v Heard from Fairfax County, Virginia. His second book - Depp v Heard: the unreal story - is an objective, unflinching, forensic examination of what happened in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's relationship, with added insight drawn from Nick's experience of being on the ground reporting both trials. Nick lives in Surrey, England and is married with three children.

Prices & formats

  • Publication due 17 May 2023
  • Paperback: £12.99 + £4 p&p
  • ISBN 978-1-8384390-8-8
  • 300 pages


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