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on 3 September 2007
Good book, but none of it could have been done without the dads who risked life and liberty. Family court hell by Mark Harris and Denied Access by (Spiderman) Dave Chick are much better reads and these guys realy were let down by the system, not like Matt who basically was unfit as he admits to be around his kids.
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on 8 September 2007
This book does not so much "sweep you along" but runs up behind you, kicks your backside with a pointed steel cap boot then grabs you by your belt loops. By the end of the book, if your brain is still functioning properly and you have quelled the sick feeling in your stomach from the offensive stench that is family law, then you will be more than happy to slip your slightly out of condition physique into a lycra suit and march along on the campaign trail with this band of brothers (and sisters).

This style of campaign group and founder (even with all his faults) were a head of their time with ideas, creativity, stunts, humour and PR, and other issue campaign groups could learn a few lessons too.

Forget bland modern history books, schools and colleges should be grabbing this book with both hands as its ticks so many boxes; marketing, pr, design, history, sociology, politics, current affairs. Reviews that claim this book is bland and dull are seriously short of the mark. Its written in full spectrum Technicolor.

What these negative comments about this book seem to miss is that this book could never be a nicey nicey happy ever after book praising every dad who ever made contact with F4J, just look at the subject matter. What's the use of a book and a campaign group designed to raise awareness if the founder hides in a cupboard with his lycra tights and is only ever best friends with everyone he meets. Its these very points that makes this book so good.

This book is designed to pick you up and shake you till the penny drops, the language is controversial, the subject is controversial, the author is controversial but he's got your attention hasn't he!!! Before F4J no one was listening.

This book finds the raw nerve and then scrapes its fingernails down the chalk board just to make sure you were listening the first time. It touches a raw nerve not just for those who for whatever reason are caught up in the injustice of family law but it will have touched a raw nerve with the police, legal system, judiciary and government because they all come out of this book looking like "idiots" at the very best and "down right evil" at the very worst. If these people aren't in the very least a little un-nerved by this book then they really are nothing short of the child-catcher character out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, without the sweets and happy ending.

Jenny is right, just read the book. This book is a jolly good read, pacey, intelligently written, political, socially spot on, controversial, funny, sad, exhausting, frightening, and revealing are just some of the words I would use.
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on 6 September 2007
As an old colleague of Matt O'Connor's I can't quite believe what he's done - nor can I believe the flack he's getting for doing it. Firstly, it's Matt's story not anyone elses. A bit of a giveaway is the name on the cover for those that didn't spot this, so naturally, he's going to spell it out his way and for those that don't like it and can read - don't read it or just look at the pretty pictures.

Secondly, from what I can see, all the main people in Fathers 4 Justice are still with the organisation and working with Matt and have been since day one. In any campaign people come and go all the time and for those that don't like it grow up out of your playground tantrums - it's embarassing for everyone. The book chronicles what happened in great and often very amusing detail so no point going over very old ground there unless you have some personal problems that require medical help. What IS fascinating about the book is how, on his journey Matt has changed from the playboy parked at the bar every lunchtime, to somebody with a burning commitment to change a legal system none of the rest of us blokes knew much about. Until now.

That nobody else has the ability, guts or determination to do this is not Matt's fault. It strikes me that he is the world's least likeliest champion of this cause but tough for those who are trying to change things, because it looks like you are stuck with him and better get used to it. One plus point, at least the City is quieter these days. Well done Matt if you read this and great press reviews!
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This is the story of the worst campaign group you have ever heard of written by its creator and creative director. That O'Connor can be pilloried for his passion for creating publicity it surely missing the point, would we be discussing the head of a protest group who shyed away from appearing in the press, I think not.

That O'Connor has a high opinion of him self it well understood but why not? He took the secret family courts and put them on the front page of every news paper in not only England but all of the Western World. Quite an achievement in it's self. The law has as yet to be changed and inequality between the genders in the family courts will no doubt take generations to change but Fathers 4 Justice has got the debate going after twenty years of PC man failed to generate the correct volume of protest whilst tiptoeing on egg shells.

Weather you love or loathe O'Connor and Fathers 4 Justice is not important, what is important is that you know who they are.

What leads a man to pull on a pair of tights, scale a building and indulge in petty vandalism? Fathers 4 Justice will show you why and how. Is it a plane? is it a bird? No, it's the worst campaign group you have ever heard of. Ker!Pow!
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on 1 September 2007
Love him or loath him, Matt O'Connor-though F4J-has, with others, raised public awareness from the assumption Family Law works to the widespread belief that it simply does not. His book is another tool.

The book really does have some very good material that can take the campaign for open family courts and presumption to contact for fathers another step forward. The book also illustrates just why so many father groups have failed in the past-infighting, personality clashers, point scoring, worrying about whose making what, etc, and that's before government infiltrators got in! Just look how Families Need Fathers went? Started off campaigning for change, now actually support the concept of contact centres. Appalling, a whole box of viagra could not stiffen them up now.

WE DONT HAVE TO LIKE EACH OTHER, we can even hate each other at times, but please, don't shoot down the only publicity machine that has any hope of ending this corrupt and destructive family law farce in the UK. If Matt should became a millionaire on the way to changing what takes place by way of sales of his book, good on him. No one else is doing anything, nothing else exists now and probably never will.

The radical feminist gropus that helped create the anti straight male agenda that exists today never fought against one another in public, yet behind the scenes they could not possibly have all got on. Public unity was their great success. Take note gentlemen!
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on 1 September 2013
good laugh at all the antics, hope thats enough words other wise its not my review, guess its not enough lol
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on 10 September 2007
This tome collates the activities of Matt O'Connor & F4J to date, & illustrates with superb statistics & other evidence the sorry disarray of the secret family court system , where no one is accountable, & children's lives are destroyed.

Witty,candid,visceral & loaded with orca sized profanity, O'Connor plays Ahab to the family court's Moby Dick, in this unzipped lycra, factual reveal of the most colourful campaign group of this century.

Kamikaze escapades are propelled at us,& the author's recollections of these sorties are filled with profanity. Harry Ramsdens must have a hotline to O'Connor, as he sure knows how to batter. But it is humorously delivered, with a keen eye for sharp prose, & whilst stuffier bookworms may object, O'Connor has delivered a historical text rock & roll stylee, & where applicable,it's shrewd, rude, & crude. His soul & raison d'etre is bared more effectively than a Spencer Tunick photo;You won't get this bones bared honesty from any other public figure.

O'Connor grabs you by your vitals, & pell mell polemics one through an odyssey of trial by poor deals, naming names & shaming the games of the authorities. He punctuates with punchlines & floors you with the hopelessness of the system & it's hapless, helpless contenders.

The journey is comic, anguished, & ultimately sends a message of rational thought compassion & forgiveness.

Buy it, read it, & batter any one involved in the legal system over the head with it!
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on 1 September 2007
Just got the book and all i can say is what an incredible read. i could not put the book down.. From start to finish matts style of writing is humorous and fast paced.

This is the story of the largest fastest and most successful equal parenting campaign groups in the world. forget the rest, this story is about the best. From matts own personal hell in the family courts wich proved to be the blue touch paper for f4j. From santas to superheroes and the villains of the dark underbelly of the security services who mounted a campaign to try and undermine f4j's good work, this book tells it all. A MUST read.
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on 3 September 2007
Phew! A turbo-charged rocket-trip through family law and the ups and downs of Fathers 4 Justice. O'Connor gets the pace spot on, grips you by the short and curlies and then never lets go. He calls a spade a spade whether tackling Judges or backstabbers and then throws his hands up in sheer despair as the thing threatens to steal his sanity.

My girlfriend bought the book for me and we both expected it to be a pretty depressing read - how wrong could we be. Entertaining from start to finish, yet highly informative and at times emotional, O'Connor has written a book that will do amazing damage to the corrupt judiciary and family courts in this country. If he doesn't get sued, I'll be amazed. Bloody brilliant.
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on 6 September 2007
I'm truly astounded by some of the reviews appearing on this website - I was beginning to think that maybe I had just had a really bad nightmare, and that I hadn't actually worked with Matt for 6 years and been by his side through out the whole F4J malarky.

According to some of the reviewers, Matt had only them to help him on his miscast way - let me correct you. My name is Jenny - that's `the' Jenny, I am the only one apart from Matt who can say that I was there from day dot. And I can say that this is an accurate portrayal of the highs and lows that took place during the first years of F4J. Of course this is an autobiography written from Matt's perspective - yes autobiography (-noun, plural -phies. - a history of a person's life written or told by that person.). As Matt is the man who founded and still continues to run the organisation, who better to write about it - the police? They are probably the only other appropriate authors.

Forget the reviews - just read the book.
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