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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Despite having a first class legal team, the best money could buy, he was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment, and despite massive letter writing by powerful friends and an appeal by the same powerful legal team neither conviction nor sentence was overturned.

I also couldn’t understand how he survived on the little food he a The first in his A Prison Diary trilogy, Archer chronicles his first three weeks in what I would call a maximum-security prison. I really enjoyed this. In this respect, Jeff, who takes his writing seriously, owes Mr Justice Potts, who gave him four years for perjury, a big thank you.

Published July 24th by Pan Books first published Aug 31, Arabella rated it it was ok. He is a kind of Tony Blair with the messianism bleached out. There are some really hard things to hear, particularly when Fletch tells his story, but these are all part and parcel of life in prison. Someone in for six weeks for a driving offence ‘banged up’ with a murderer? I didn’t love the book, but read in conjunction with the other book, it did make me think. Everyone from the Archbishop of Canterbury to former PM’s sympathise with him and confirm to him how wicked and broken the system is that should lead a peer of the realm to these circumstances.

Let it never be said that Jeffrey Archer did not redeem himself. Evide Archre book, along with the other two diaries Jeffrey Archer kept, after being sent to prison for perjury, is really well written and kept me reading the 2nd or 3rd time round I’ve lost belkarsh.

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.


A Prison Diary: Belmarsh: Hell: Vol. 1

Is the barbarism in many US prisons what criminals deserve, or do we want to give people I listened to this book while reading a book aarcher someone in an American prison in Arizona. This really cannot be said of Lord Archer’s diaries, partly because he does not appear to have the requisite depth of character to move us and partly because he does not have the requisite literary skill.

It is something like this. The diary should be of interest to anyone concerned with the improvement of our penal system, archeer they are concerned citizens, politicians or workers in the prison service. Looks like the book you were looking for is currently not in stock with us. Jeffrey Archer is a very enjoyable author and I intend to read everything by him that I can get my grubby little hands on, because when I open a book by this man, I don’t care about his political journey with the House of Lords, and I don’t care that he was imprisoned for an intentional infraction.

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On the positive note this is written more from an observer’s point of view, which in fact is how Mr. His experience seemed to mirror that of Conrad Black, A Matter of Principlewhom I’d admire, and as I listened to his prison experiences I wondered to what degree Lord Archer, like Lord Black, was a victim of a malicious prosecution.

Returning favours, Archer comments, is far more commonplace in prison than outside. He writes like a neffrey a quarter of his age, as if for a school magazine.

Sergio is a superior prisoner, his mother being a friend of Fernando Botero, the world-famous Colombian artist. I must admit that I’ve never read any of Archer’s fiction, but given his popularity, I assumed he’d do justice to a prison diary– and that he does. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Stripped of its wide margins and portentous typography, Jeff’s diary is, at best, an over-inflated magazine article or, at worst, a diary item.

A Prison Diary Author s: Its exactly the kind of thing one would imagine from a Conservative Toff who has to live among the rif raf. As they say in SA – suck it up buttercup. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Archer’s writing and had to wait years to read this since my library didn’t have it on audio. I listened to this book while reading a book about someone in an American prison in Arizona. It’s a semi-interesting read but I really couldn’t stand his commentary on the cricket matches he listened to on the radio.


These defects might have been less obvious had Lord Archer anything interesting to say about justice and punishment in general, or about the prison system as a whole, but he hasn’t.

Fascinating look at the British penal system from the inside. Jul 04, Richard Mulholland rated it it was amazing Shelves: As I walk my doggy for an hour and a half every day, I like to take advantage of the time listening to audio books.

Prose and cons

Chang, Optometrist, who had a customer interested belmarsn ordering a pair of frames like those Archer wore at his sentencing. The fall from greatness alone creates tension: Having used to reading the interesting fictions from Jeff, this diary felt a little odd and uncomfortable in the beginning. Up b A non fiction book from the best selling author. A thoughtful recollection of the impressions made and the people he jwffrey, forging in the short term some relationships he maintained some fifteen years later.

This article has multiple issues. Grew up in the uk with archer being a prominent figure. When Lord Archer published volume one of his prison diary, Belmarsh: In case the market aka the reader has missed the significance of this potential acquisition, Jeff’s publishers helpfully provide a colourful Botero reproduction in a lavish plate-section.

To ask other readers questions about Hellplease sign up. 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.