Buy A Prison Diary: Volume 1 – Hell Reprints by Jeffrey Archer (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. Title: A Prison Diary Volume I: Belmarsh: Hell (The Prison Diaries) Author(s): Jeffrey Archer ISBN: / (UK edition) Publisher: . Jul 26, When Lord Archer published volume one of his prison diary, Belmarsh: Hell, in , the critical consensus was that ‘Jeff’,as he likes to be.

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Jeff never fails to tell his readers how much he loathes Mr Potts, but the judge actually put his prisoner into some fairly select company: Still, its mildly interesting read. Archer is a “dodgy character” if you consider the many reviews on his life succinctly listed in his entry on Wikipedia.

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Jeff’s erstwhile colleagues in the upper house will find it instructive to see how he measures up to the challenge of chokey, and Jeff’s diary gives his readers a clear idea of how he will be conducting himself in the future. Monday 31 December On the other hand, I became bored of Archer’s biggest complaints: As with all Archer’s books this is brilliantly written.

Human nature being what it is The day to day diary written inside a prison cannot be interesting and exciting obviously. I’ve been incarcerated in a cell five paces by three for twelve and a half hours, and will not be let out again It is eye-opening and sad. On Thursday 19 Julyafter a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail.

Having been given the next 2 books as a gift, I will of course read them – but I’m not in a hurry to do so. There is a child of seventeen in the cell below me who has been charged with shoplifting – his first offence, not even convicted – and he is being locked up for eighteen and a half hours, unable to speak to anyone.

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Felt very humbled reading his first hand experiences and the stories of other prisoners, specially Fletch’s story moved me and disturbed the peace of mind for a night. It was here that he apparently encountered another character inspiring a short story in Cat O’Nine TalesMaestro. Can’t wait to read the next 2 parts. I also get the feeling that a great deal of this book is vastly fictionalised. And if part one is called Hell and is boring, well, how much more monotonous can parts keffrey and three be?

He picked up a pen and started writing again. The first volume of his time in prison covers the 22 days he Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to jail for perjury. And Archer was only there 22 days! Picked this up in a charity shop and once I’d started reading I couldn’t put it down. Lord Archer admits to the judicial system being a failure. I do enjoy Mr. They write better in prison, he is reported to have said.

Interesting to read about his time in prison. Yes, I feel for him – as it can’t be easy being locked jwffrey in a little cube for such a long period of time.

Prose and cons

Articles to be expanded from February All articles to be expanded Articles lacking sources from February All articles lacking sources Articles with multiple maintenance issues Pages to import images to Wikidata. He was to spend the first twenty-two days and fourteen hours in HMP Belmarsh, a double A-Category high-security prison in South London, which houses some of Britain’s most violent criminals.

Preview — Hell by Jeffrey Archer. It’s a semi-interesting read but I really couldn’t stand his commentary on the cricket matches he listened to on the radio. The second instalment, covering a period three times as long, is subtitled “Purgatory”.


Lord Archer met convicts who were a product of their environment. Like Lord Black, Archer found the entire experience to be a real eye-opener about the realities of justice and incarceration and the wasted opportunities to rehabilitate and educate those who might be capable of returning to society and making meaningful contributions.

Is he a changed man? Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at I liked it, but was so disappointed that it ended when it did – just after the first three weeks of his prison term at Belmar shows. As a celebrity whose ups and downs are reported in the Sun, and as a millionaire who can afford to have his daily jottings typed up every 10 days by Alison and sent to his long-suffering literary agent, he is not your average category-C prisoner.

The prison experience would also be reflected in several of his subsequent books after his release.

A Prison Diary: Belmarsh: Hell: Vol. 1

Not to be confused with Prison Notebooks. His lack of arcner, though, derives from an absence of a point of view, rather than from broadmindedness. You did the crime, now do the time.

But it does also provide jsffrey interesting fly on the wall view into what everyday life in prison is like and a high category prison for rapists and murderers at that ; the tedium, the bad food, the mindless bureaucracy, and yet more tedium.

It took me some time but I finally finished it. Paperback No of Pages: