Proved Innocent

Proved Innocent 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 h

  • Title: Proved Innocent
  • Author: Gerry Conlon
  • ISBN: 9780140143928
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Proved Innocent

    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

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    1. Zerocool

      The powerful and true story of Gerry Colon should be known by everyone. To never forget and so that history never, ever repeats itself.

    2. Simon

      While (obviously) told from Conlon's perspective, the story focuses largely on his successful relationships with friends and family - both in and out of the English prison system. These personal connections support that Conlon, while not a heroic character, is at least an honest one. His story of endurance through political, religious, and legal torture is impressive, and he fairly describes the respective hostile environment(s) of each setting. The book falls through, however, in its affinity f [...]

    3. Donna

      Gross miscarriages of justice continue across the world. Gerry Conlon's story and the events which resulted in his 15 year incarceration, the incarceration of his father and family members, none of whom had any remote connection to the crime for which they were unjustly punished, is incredible. His father's experience was the saddest but most poignant and hopeful aspects of the story for me.

    4. Conny Feistauer

      Too bad this one is out of print. One of the most interesting autobiographies I've ever read. It really helped me understand "the troubles" in Northern Ireland a little better. The film wasn't bad but made Conlon's time in prison look like a walk in the park compared to the book.

    5. Kim

      This was one of the most tragic stories I have read. The book re-counts the wrongful conviction of Gerry Conlon, three of his friends, his father, and other family members. They were erroneously charged with the Guildford bombing in 1974. This was able to be accomplished because the British government, in the wake of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, allowed extreme measure to be taken with regard to suspected terrorists. Conlon was in various prisons throughout Britain for fifteen years before [...]

    6. Michaelfortin2013

      This is a good book about how the British government perverted the justice system in order to railroad these 4 people into prison. While the movie is superb and Daniel Day Lewis's star quality brings international publicity to this miscarriage of justice, you must read the book to understand the full measure and lengths that the British Government go to to get convictions.

    7. Erin

      I saw the film adaptation of Gerry Conlon's memoir of his imprisonment in England when the movie first came out. I was immediately drawn into the story by Day-Lewis' performance, the outragous abomination of being judged by a corrupt system, and the gripping and devastating loss of his father. The movie took some liberties by showing the father/son relationship enhanced by sharing a cell in prison, which they never did in real life. When I went to Dublin we got a tour of one of the oldest 'moder [...]

    8. Toni

      This true story is very powerful reading. It is unbelievable that is is all true - and so shocking because of that. The author describes his life honestly, as a teenager and young adult he strayed from the track. But as he describes his surrounds, the poverty and he culture of the time the reader can see why he makes the decisions he does. However as his arrest is described and his subsequent gaol sentence it all becomes surreal. The reader can feel themselves in Gerry's mind, feel the pain he h [...]

    9. Agatha

      Although one may know the story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildord Four from the movie, this memoir is worth the read. Conlon's depiction of his arrest and interrogation was heart-wrenching. His account of the 13 years he was in "gaol" was an eye-opener from one who likes to see things through rose-colored glasses. The corruption of the British legal system in the 70's was painted well through Conlon's experience. This story of an unbelievable miscarriage of justice left me astounded. Thank goodnes [...]

    10. Lauren

      A true story of a young Irish man convicted of an IRA bombing in England in the 1970's. The English government didn't know who to arrest, so they arrested anyone they could use as a scapegoat. It's a tragic story of a young man's youth taken away from him because of time spent in prison for something he didn't do. It's mainly his experience, though he didn't suffer alone. His friends and members of his family were also arrested and sent to prison, when they were completely innocent. Also a GREAT [...]

    11. Matt

      Although it is clear that Conlon isn't much of a writer Proved Innocent is an important story to be told. His personal experience is terrible, and absolutely enraging. The number of cases like this in the history of many countries is really astounding, and everyone who takes a history class ought to know about the Guildford Four. Conlon, based on his own accounts of his life as a younger man, was an idiot scum bag thief of a kid, but nobody deserves this kind of severe miscarriage of justice.

    12. Trisha

      Gerry Conlon's biography of life and what happened when he was in the wrong place and the wrong time is unbelievable. It is gut-wretching and hard not to shed tears for a man and his family going through all this. I just kept thinking this manipulation and physical abuse (police brutality) is exactly like scenes depicted in George Orwell's "1984" except his story is real. After reading the book, I'm glad he began his story with his prologue. It makes reading the darkness more bearable.

    13. Katja

      Ein unglaublicher Tatsachenbericht. Irland ist wunderschön, die Menschen dort außergewöhnlich offen. Doch überall spürt man, dass ihre Geschichte von großer Bedeutung ist. Was Gerry Conlon aus Nordirland passiert ist, kann jemand Unabhängiges kaum in Worte fassen. Zum Glück hat er es getan, damit wir aus seiner Geschichte lernen.

    14. Nika

      The book is absolutely outstanding though it is hard to read because of the candid descriptions of violence that had been caused to the innocent people in jail and to their families. Fifteen years of jail for nothing and it could have been life sentences if not the relatives and people who believed. And you keep thinking of how many innocent people are still there behind the bars

    15. Gerry

      Not the best writing, and definitely would have benefited from some judicious editing. But still, Conlon's story is a heartbreaking tale of injustice that is well worth the time I spent reading it. In light of this story and recent publicity about over-reaching or downright brutal police actions in the US, it becomes harder and harder to feel any confidence in the justice system.

    16. Danièle

      A harrowing first-hand story of a man wrongly imprisoned for fifteen years. Very well written, displaying understandable anger and frustration, but without becoming mawkish or overly vengeful. A scary insight into the workings of the English justice system - I hope things are better these days.

    17. Sara

      Slow to start but picked up nicely. I'd seen the movie and knew the general story, but the book obviously goes into more detail. I wish it'd had an epilogue or post-script about what Conlon is up to now, but I was reading an older edition.

    18. Felicity

      This is an amazing book. I had seen the film, but after reading the book I had a lot more respect for Conlon and the others, as the film doesn't do the book justice. Conlon seemed really well adjusted and wrote with humour, but also sadness at what had happened to him. Definately recommended!

    19. Bridget Morse

      Honestly written. Not a hero, not a patriotic tale, just a flawed young man forced to grow up in jail, brutal conditions, family tore apart, but somehow he is a hero because he found maturity and humanity in those years. Everyone can take hope from this story

    20. Bibi

      Although the story is highly compelling, mister Conlon is not a born writer. The movie adaptation, starring Daniel Day Lewis, is considerably better.

    21. Vincent Serrani

      An inspirational story of grit, determination, critical mass. A great read for lovers of social justice stories.

    22. Angie

      I read this after I saw the movie and it really tied it all together for me. Conlon paints an amazing picture of Belfast during the troubles and his experience in the British legal system.

    23. Lori

      What a sad, powerful story of mistaken identity then being charged with crimes for which you are innocent - and paying the ultimate price.

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