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LATEST PICS: Launch of Guildford Four memoir Life After Life by Paddy Armstrong at Lillie’s Bordello

A large crowd turned out at Lillie’s Bordello on Thursday evening  for the launch of Life After Life by Paddy Armstrong of The Guildford Four, among them Caroline Kennedy and Tom McGurk, Christy Moore, Alan Ambsby, Kim Kennedy-Smith and Paddy Hill of The Birmingham Six who was in prison with Paddy. The book was launched by solicitor Alastair Logan OBE, but for whose tireless efforts Paddy could still be in prison today. Alastair was introduced by Tom McGurk and Christy Moore sang ‘Ordinary Man’ for Paddy.

Paddy Armstrong was one of four people falsely convicted of The Guildford Bombing in 1975 and he spent fifteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Today, as a husband and father, life is wonderfully ordinary, but the memory of his ordeal lives on. In his memoir, for the first time and with unflinching candour, he lays bare the experiences of those years and their aftermath. The book is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of forgiveness. It reminds us of the privilege of freedom, and how the balm of love, family and everyday life can restore us and mend the scars of even the most savage injustice.

Released in 1989 he has said very little to date about the injustice he suffered alongside other members of The Guildford Four but now, along with ghost writer Mary-Elaine Tynan, he has finally put pen to paper and in Life After Life has made an extraordinary contribution to the miscarriage of justice memoirs from this era.

Stirring and compassionate, Life After Life is a moving testament to the depths of human resilience and the power of forgiveness.

Life After Life is in shops now, priced at €16.99/£14.99. The Belfast launch will take place on Thursday, 13 April at 6.30pm in Easons, Donegall Place and is open to the public. Brian Kennedy will sing at the launch and Paddy will sign copies of his book. For further information contact Teresa Daly, Marketing & Communications Manager, Gill Books, (00353) 1 500 9521, (00353) 86 838 3559,

Pictures: Brian McEvoy

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