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Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four Paperback – 3 Feb 1994


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Film & TV Tie-in ed edition (3 Feb. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140230629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140230628
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of four innocent people convicted of a terrorist bombing in Guildford, England, tells of the miscarriage of justice that resulted in imprisonment for himself and members of his family, including his father, and describes the struggle to clear his name and gain his freedom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
From the very start of this book, it was obvious that i wasn't going to be able to put it down once i began to read. I was right, the way Conlon recalls his impoverished upbringing in the hardest and poorest part of Belfast without bitterness is simply awe-inspiring. The way he and three others were framed by a corrupt establishment and used as scapegoats to satisfy the masses of an entire country is despicable and yet Conlon avoids bitterness, concentrating on his quest for justice and the pursuit of clearing his Father's name. I challenge anybody to read this book without feeling Conlon's pain, his determination, and his remarkable resolve; I shall tell you now that it's simply impossible! The way Conlon writes is simple but effective: he tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...if the British establishment had done that in 1974 then four Irish people's lives would have turned out very different. So do yourself a favour and buy this book and then write a review for other's to see what they are missing out on! This book hits hard and strikes several chords in the heart of the reader... enjoy.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2001
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Having been hooked on the film, this book was great for telling the actual version of what happened to Gerry Conlon throughout his arrest and imprisonment. I was surprised to find that many of the events I accepted as fact from the film actually happened very differently, but most of all I was touched. What shines through this horrifying statement of truth is that Gerry was just a normal bloke, certainly no saint, but all the more likable for it. You are left with an enduring sense and fear that virtually anybody could have had their lives torn apart by the British police in this case. The way Gerry Conlon writes is simple, amusing and easy to identify with, it feels as though he is relating it personally over a pint at times. The most scary fact is that Gerry, and the rest of the Guildford four, were wrongly convicted not through misunderstanding but instead the need for a scapegoat. You really ought to try to read this book, if for no other reason than to teach us how the British legal system that we are meant to place so much faith in, can and does go wrong...perhaps we should not be so quick to judge people who a supposed 'justice' system deems guilty.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2000
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i was totally moved by the film and had to read this book. If the treatment of the 4 in the film was hard to believe, then read what really happened. A damning inditement of the British Legal System on one count, and on the other, the story of a man whose whole life was ruined, simply because he was Irish. Conlon is no angel, but his honesty shines through this book from beginning to end.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 1999
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I cannot believe that I'm the only one to write a review for this must-have book. Quite simply, this is compulsory reading. I feel so sorry for what this man went through, no-one deserved that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Keating on 22 Oct. 2013
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This book will draw you in from start to finish, really interesting and mind blowing read, what the British officers did to this man would be enough to drive a man insane and how he got through is unbelievable. Never should have been locked up, shows how coorupt the english legal system was (or is). Would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad on 18 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Can't beat a true story. Must watch "In the name of the Father" based on the book. Not a great deal of difference from the film and the book. Hope all wrongly involved are doing well.
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By Martin Mcgarvey on 24 Sept. 2013
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i still remember as a 12yrold hearing that the Guilford 4 had just been released after 17yrs inside for a henious crime they could not possibly have committed.of course they would all tell their story but the most vocal of the four was Gerry Conlon probably because his dad and aunty and her family who Gerry had visited twice when he was first in the uk were sent down as accompolices aswell.

This is a very moving story about a 17 year wait for justice and how all the lives of those involved were taken from them.

Gerry writes with complete honesty and recognizes he was no saint
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