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April 5, 2017, 4.52 pm - The last time Gary wore a suit he was in Court 5 receiving a sentence to Mountjoy Prison for three and a half years. But on this occasion, he is preparing for the launch of his first book. "Jaysis Annie," he says to his partner, "we did it - we actually did it. Tonight I launch my book!" Antoinette looks at him in a way only she can and says, "I know Gar ... I'm so proud of you ... but my God ... we almost didn't make it!"
So begins the story that almost never happened. Come join Gary as he gives the most honest account yet of "life after prison". A sometimes heartbreaking, but more often hilarious tale of humongous highs and lethal lows as Gary describes trying to "fit in", almost succumbing again to "the dreaded drink" and nearly giving up entirely.
This follow up to the best-selling Joys of Joy: Finding Myself in an Irish Prison is a tour de force of hopes and dreams and setbacks, a story that will encourage readers to never give up no matter how many times they get knocked down. It is also a story of the true power of family and friendship, as Gary describes what became of the successful rock band he formed in prison as well as updating us on the wonderful friendships he made inside, and of course on his relationship with his "love interest" from Joys of Joy, Antoinette - do they make it? All will be revealed ...
From debilitating health issues to the seal of approval from a Bishop ... from the near impossible task of trying to gain employment to chatting with Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show ... from feeling constantly judged for his shameful past to being fully accepted by his peers ... from knowing how much hurt he caused his beloved mother to receiving her forgiveness and respect ... and, most importantly, from being a total waster to showing that anyone can completely turn their life around!
So, is there a Life After Joy? Well, jump on in and find out ...