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  • The Great Post Office Scandal

  • The Story of the Fight to Expose a Multimillion Pound IT Disaster Which Put Innocent People in Jail
  • By: Nick Wallis
  • Narrated by: Nick Wallis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Politics & Social Sciences, Law
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Summary

On April 23, 2021, the Court of Appeal quashed the convictions of 39 former Sub-Postmasters and ruled their prosecutions were an affront to the public conscience. For some, it was the end of a 20-year battle for justice, and tragically, three of them did not live long enough to see their reputations restored. It is a scandal that has been described as one of the most widespread and significant miscarriages of justice in UK legal history.

The 39 were just a few of the 736 people who, between 2000 and 2013, had been prosecuted by the Post Office for theft, false accounting, and fraud. The prosecutions were based largely on evidence drawn from Horizon, the Post Office’s deeply flawed software system use that threw up duplicate entries, lost transactions, and made erroneous calculations. If these errors resulted in apparent losses, Sub-Postmasters were forced to settle the discrepancies from their own pockets, sometimes for tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds. Those who could not pay were sacked and taken to court. Proud pillars of their communities were stripped of their jobs and livelihoods. Many were forced into bankruptcy and or borrowed from friends and family to give the Post Office thousands they did not owe. The really unlucky ones were sent to prison.

This is the story of how these innocent people fought back to clear their names against a background of institutional arrogance and obfuscation, a fight dragged out by the Post Office’s refusal to accept responsibility for its failings.

Nick Wallis, an acclaimed freelance journalist and broadcaster, has been following the story since 2010 when he met a taxi driver who told him his pregnant wife had been sent to prison for a crime she did not commit. Since then, he has recorded interviews with dozens of victims, insiders and experts, uncovering hundreds of documents to build up an unparalleled understanding of the story. Using these sources, he has been instrumental in bringing the scandal into the public eye. He broadcast his first investigation for the BBC in 2011, in the same year that he took the story to Private Eye. He has subsequently made two Panoramas, a Radio 4 series, and raised thousands of pounds to crowdfund his own court reporting for the Post Office Trial website.

Nick has now written the first definitive account of the scandal. He takes us from the ill-fated deal that brought Horizon into existence, through years of half-truths and obstruction, to the tearful scenes at the Court of Appeal this year. He exposes the secrecy and mistrust at the heart of the story, and the impact that had on the victims. He also chronicles how this story’s hero, Alan Bates, started as a lone public voice of dissent but went on to beat the Post Office—against overwhelming odds—at two of the highest courts in the land and win some redress for the victims.

With cries for a full public inquiry into the affair still ringing in the government's ears, this story is not over. The Great Post Office Scandal is a gripping account which will serve as a landmark piece of reporting, revealing the full impact of this shameful episode, as it continues to unravel.

©2021 Bath Publishing Limited (P)2022 Bath Publishing

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Shocking!!!

So sad that innocent people GOT/GET treated like this from big companies, organisation’s, governments etc etc
Guilty until you can prove your innocent but we won’t give you the information that you need to prove your innocent seems to be the way of the world when your up against the man

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Astonishing, heartbreaking and Gripping

I have been following the Post Office scandal though the media. This book gave a lot more detail and most importantly brought the human stories to life.
It immediately grabbed my attention and held it throughout even at times when it's explaining difficult legal arguments.
I truly hope people mentioned in this book and others get in this book and others get true Justice. And the people that are accountable should face Justice

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Incredible story

It is hard to believe that this scandal was allowed to happen. This is a brilliant account of the twists and turns of a shocking story. I couldn't stop listening.

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Every detail covered

You won't want to ever but another stamp! an injustice on a massive scale

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Compelling, fascinating and astonishing.


I “enjoyed“ this book immensely. In fact, there were times when I was so angry listening to it that I had to pause it, such is the injustice revealed in compelling detail by this fascinating account. It is well written and well read and is a must read for anyone who thinks that either computers, corporations or the justice system are incapable of making mistakes. Highly recommended.

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Truly shocking

Truly shocking - both what happened to innocent people and the actions of the Post Office. Brilliantly written and narrated by Nick Wallis.

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A really interesting and well worded book

an absolute must listen to book. a true eye opener. god bless everyone who was harmed by the post office

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Gripping Compulsive David & Goliath Story

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The ongoing fight by the downtrodden, abused and the devastingly affected wrongly imprisoned financially ruined Post Office Subpostmasters. The Damning Indictment of the Post Office, the Deceit Lies and Arse Covering of their Management and their Lawyers and the Post Office Unions who are not fit for purpose. Exposing the uselessness of some politicians like Jo Swinson & Govt. & the fight of the decent individual MPs like James Arbuthnot & Andrew Bridgen who support the rectification and compensation of the wrongly accused. For some its too late and some have died and in one case have committed suicide.

Why is Paula Vennells and her fellow Directors not in prison for faciltiating corporate manslaughter?