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Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four [Hardcover]

Gerry Conlon , David Pallister
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11 Jun 1990
This is Gerry Conlon`s story. Gerry Conlon is one of the "Guildford Four" who was wrongfully imprisoned in 1974 for the Guildford bombing. His prosecution was based on fabricated police evidence and vital defence documents which were deliberately withheld. This is the account of his life, the trial and his fifteen years in prison.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition edition (11 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241130654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241130650
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your book collection is incomplete without this! 20 Dec 1999
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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
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Format:Paperback
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
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
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Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 18 Jan 2011
By Brad
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking 30 Jun 2005
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Format:Paperback
This book was an excellent insight to what happened to the Guildford four. Although the film is very good it doesn't give the full story of how horrible these people were treated by the british government. I would recommend this book to anyone who is not afraid of being hit with a shocking truth. Prepare to be gripped from the moment you start reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Amazing book. If you're buying it then I'd assume you already know the gist of Gerry Conlons suffering but this tells the story better than the film and the first few chapters are... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Katie A.
5.0 out of 5 stars In the name of the Father
Unable to purchase in the UK. Well worth ordering from America. Although the film was great the book goes into more detail and will astonish everyone that the British Justice... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rosamunda
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book i've ever read
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... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patrick Keating
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martin Mcgarvey
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Shows in detail what happens when countries dont take enough care to get things right and gerry comes across as a decent if angry person. Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Surtees
5.0 out of 5 stars must read for anyone with prejudice
This is a fantastic book and Gerry Conlon's story is amazing and heartbreaking. Anyone with aprejudice against prisoners or their families ought to read this. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kym
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