A Prison Diary, Issue 1

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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On July 19, 2001, following a conviction for perjury, international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison. Prisoner FF8282, as Archer is now known, spent the first three weeks in the notorious HMP Belmarsh, a high-security prison in South London, home to murderers, terrorists and some of Britain's most violent criminals.

On the last day of the trial, his mother dies, and the world's press accompany him to the funeral. On returning to prison, he's placed on the lifer's wing, where a cellmate sells his story to the tabloids. Prisoners and guards routinely line up outside his cell to ask for his autograph, to write letters, and to seek advice on their appeals.

For twenty-two days, Archer was locked in a cell with a murderer and a drug baron. He decided to use that time to write an hour-by-hour diary, detailing the worst three weeks of his life.

When A Prison Diary was published in England, it was condemned by the prison authorities, and praised by the critics.

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Interesting insights from an articulate man. - Goodreads
I absolutely hate how short and abrupt the ending was. - Goodreads
He has an uncanny ability when it comes to writing. - Goodreads
A little bit of insight into British prisons. - Goodreads

Review: Hell (A Prison Diary #1)

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I really enjoyed this book, because Archer's style of writing is a great blend of fact, good writing and wit. Nothing sappy or melodramatic about his prose, just first class non-fiction that reads ... Read full review

Review: Hell (A Prison Diary #1)

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A decent time waster, not much substance in it other than the author's constant whining about his sentence and an occasional preachiness about the need for overhaul of the British penal system. 2.5/5 Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. In 1969, aged 29, he became one of the youngest Members of Parliament; he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1985, and in 1992 was elevated to the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Kane and Abel, Honor Among Thieves, and most recently, Sons of Fortune-have been international bestsellers.

Archer is married, has two children, and lives in England.

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