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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This really cannot be said of Lord Archer’s diaries, partly arhcer 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.

Scott and I listened to this book together. Lord Archer got convicted and sent to prison. Bestselling author,Lord Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to serve time at Belmarsh prison. It’s a semi-interesting read but I really couldn’t stand his commentary on the cricket matches he listened to on the radio.

I don’t know if he assumes that the reader knows the details of his conviction, but he gives none in this book beyond protesting his innocence, excoriating the associates who “set him up”and repeating every conversation he has or letter he receives that confirms his belief that the Judge at his jjeffrey treated him unfairly. This is because of arcger random and compulsory checks in which the inmates have discovered cannabis does not leave the system any time soon, but heroin is flushed out of the body in 24 hours providing large quantities of water have been consumed.

In this respect, Jeff, who takes his writing seriously, owes Mr Justice Potts, who gave him four years for acher, a big thank you. I will not be reading either of those.

His prison trilogy is not about the injustices of prison but abo I’ve just finished belmarsj all three books of the Trilogy and my first impression is how padded and repetitious they are. With a few more pictures, it might even have made a nice piece in Hello! Instead the insight into the prison service and some of its more off-the-wall rules belmarxh me laughing, crying and full of righteous indignation as the book progr I make no apology for being an avid Jeffrey Archer fan.


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I’m still a huge fan of Jeffrey Archer, but as a person, I know see him in a different, privileged light. He swallows hook, line and sinker the notion that drug-addicts are driven to crime by their sheer desperation for drugs: Hell was fuelled by Jeff’s indignation at his treatment ‘This is not Turkey, not Nigeria, not Kosovo,’ he spluttered and although it was neither De Profundis nor Pilgrim’s Progress it held out the intriguing prospect that a few months in the nick was going to do for Jeff’s prose what 30 years of ‘editing’, followed by dinner at the Caprice, had never managed to achieve.

You did the crime, now do the time. Evide This 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 track. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The upper class Delboy of the Common spends some time in jail. 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.

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When he meets ‘Sergio’, whose mother is a friend of the Latin-American artist Fernando Botero, he is thrilled: When Lord Archer published volume one of his prison diary, Belmarsh: I was however a bit apprehensive about reading his first prison diary.

I must admit that I’ve never read any of Archer’s fiction, but 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. Chang, Optometrist, who had a customer interested in ordering a pair of frames like those Archer wore at his sentencing.


Archer would feel quite understandably inside the British penal system, being a “model citizen” most of his life. The first published volume of his prison diariessubtitled “Hell”, covered his three weeks in Belmarsh High Security Prison.

Want to Read saving…. I didn’t love the book, but read in conjunction with the other book, it did make me think. They are allegedly prison diaries, but in fact they are more about the character and personality of the author. As with all Archer’s books this is brilliantly written.

Lord Archer’s true crime – Telegraph

Jun 04, Karen rated it it was amazing. Far from protecting him, his riches and fame added years to his sentence.

Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. They write better in prison, he is reported to have said. 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.

Thin on the human side of doing time, Jeff’s diary is positively threadbare when it comes to his favourite subject: Lord Longford seemingly on his deathbed declared that “Archer must be set free”: His friends and family remain constantly faithful and carry on his appeal case while he is incarcerated.

A non fiction book from the best selling author. He ends up in prison, with what seems like a load of time on his hands. Both writers came out of prison changed and, I suppose “reformed,” but the prison in Arizona had so many human rights violations that it was difficult to read.

Prose and cons

Theodore Dalrymple is a prison doctor. I’ve ordered the second and third diaries and cant’ wait for them to arrive. Not to be confused with Prison Notebooks. This first book of three hwll about his first 3 weeks in a high security prison. I do not remember a single striking metaphor in the entire book.