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About Michael

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn.

Michael A O’Brien was born in Cardiff and raised in the community of Ely the second largest council estate in Europe. 


In 1987 Michael A O’Brien was dubbed “The Cardiff Newsagent Three” after he and his 2 co-accused was sentenced to life for the murder of Cardiff newsagent Phillip Saunders, Michael taught himself law to secure his release and his conviction was quashed at the court of appeal in 1999.  


During his time in prison, he changed the Law 7 times and successfully took not one but two home secretaries to court, “Access to Journalists” is one of his biggest successes  

After his release Michael told of his time in prison in his autobiography “The Death of Justice” published by Y Lolfa in 2008. 


Prison’s Exposed Michael’s second book tells the truth about what happens in prisons, both from a prisoner’s side and the prison officer. It also shows the reader how and why the system needs to be changed. 


In 2012 Michael’s son Dylan lost his battle to an unknown genetic condition, which prompted Michael to write a book about his son called Dylan’s Story a Fathers Journey



In 2013 Prison’s Exposed was awarded the people’s choice Annual Book Awards Printed Book Award voted by the public formally the Amazon Click Awards. 


In January 2014 the Death of Justice was awarded book of the month and has won the book of the year in December 2014  


Michael has written a number of other books from 2018 to 2021. Including Overcoming injustice and Loss, The Dossier Miscarriages of Justice 1982-2016, Killing Justice in the Lone Stat State and is busy writing more.



Michael has overcome many traumatic events including the loss of two of his children and has used his experiences to help others with a positive mental attitude. 


Michael has spoken at many events including the House of Commons. 

O’Brien Michael and Lewis Greg, The Death of Justice published September 2008 by Yolfa 

Paperback Edition. 240 pages and Kindle Edition 224 pages. ISBN-10 ‎ 1847710484 ISBN-13 ‏: ‎978-


O'Brien Michael, Prison Exposed Published July 2012 by Y Lolfa Paperback Edition 160 pages and 

Kindle Edition. ISBN-10 ‏: ‎1847714110 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1847714114.

O'Brien Michael, Dylan's Story a fathers Journey‎ published Jun 2016 by CreateSpace Independent 

Publishing Paperback ‏ : ‎ 146 pages and Kindle Edition 146 pages ISBN-10 ‏: ‎1530894786

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1530894789.

O'Brien Michael, IPP Sentences, Prisoners in Limbo published October 2016 by CreateSpace 

Independent Publishing Paperback ‏ Paperback‎ 134 pages and Kindle Edition 134 pages. ISBN-10 

1539788423 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1539788423

O'Brien Michael, Over Coming Injustice and Loss published by Moving Mountains February 2018

Paperback ‎ 64 pages Kindle Edition 64 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1911124803ISBN-13 ‏: ‎978-1911124801

O'Brien Michael, Killing Justice in The Lone Star State Published by Waterside Press June 2021

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages Kindle 192 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 190997692XISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1909976924.

O'Brien Michael, The Dossier Miscarriages of Justice in South Wales 1982 -2016 Published by

Seren October 2021 Paperback 220 pages Kindle Edition 220 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1781726124

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1781726129


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