A Prison Diary Volume I

A Prison Diary Volume I: Hell

Biography & True Stories, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 24/07/2003
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From the bestselling author of Kane and Abel, Hell is the first volume in Jeffrey Archer's The Prison Diaries – the author's daily record of the time he spent locked inside.

'A haunting and compelling insight into prison life' – Daily Mail

The sun is shining through the bars of my window on what must be a glorious summer day. I've been incarcerated in a cell five paces by three for twelve and a half hours, and will not be let out again until midday; eighteen and a half hours of solitary confinement. 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. This is Great Britain in the twenty-first century, not Turkey, not Nigeria, not Kosovo, but Britain.

On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. 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. This is his illuminating insight into prison life.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330418591
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 146g
  • Dimensions: 177 x 112 x 18 mm

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A Prison Diary Volume I
Good insight to prison life, will open your eyes to the system.
Pasta lover
A Prison Diary Volume I
Life on the inside...
I'd been wanting to read this for a while, and it really didn't disappoint. Quite apart from focussing on himself, we experience everyday life in one of th... READ MORE
D J Smith
A Prison Diary Volume I
Very enlightening
I'm still reading this book but almost finished. Jeffrey Archer really takes you inside Belmarsh. You feel you are with him. A born story teller and thi... READ MORE