A Prison Diary by Jeffrey Archer

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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. Please note: This ebook edition does not contain all illustrations that appeared in the print edition.

 

About Jeffrey Archer

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JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Sins of the Father, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, A Prisoner of Birth, and Kane & Abel-have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 280 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction

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Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, a.k.a. Prisoner #FF8282, offers his view of life in the slammer after serving the first three weeks of a four-year sentence.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of A Prison Diary

Publishers Weekly

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Convicted of perjury in 2001, Archer, a bestselling novelist (Sons of Fortune) and member of the British House of Lords, penned this memoir about his first three

Jun 16 2003 | Read Full Review of A Prison Diary

The Guardian

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A Prison Diary, Volume Two Wayland: Purgatory by Jeffrey Archer Macmillan £16.99, pp310According to an apocryphal story, Picasso was once asked to support a fund dedicated to getting Russian writers out of Soviet prisons.

Jul 27 2003 | Read Full Review of A Prison Diary

Publishers Weekly

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Volume three opens on Day 89, as Archer arrives at North Sea Camp, an "open" prison for well-behaved lifers and convicts nearing parole.

May 09 2005 | Read Full Review of A Prison Diary

Publishers Weekly

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Convicted of perjury in 2001, Archer, a bestselling novelist (Sons of Fortune) and member of the British House of Lords, penned this memoir about his first three

Jun 16 2003 | Read Full Review of A Prison Diary

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