A Prison Diary

A Prison Diary

by Jeffrey Archer
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A Prison Diary by Jeffrey Archer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429967174
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: A Prison Diary , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 151,443
File size: 883 KB

About the Author

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.

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and twenty-four years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Only Time Will Tell, and Kane and Abel—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.


London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1940


Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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A Prison Diary 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Archer's A PRISON DIARY unexpectedly thoughtful, moving and irresistable. It's prose is quick-witted, and thoroughly enjoyable though the descriptions of the murderers and heinous crimes are disturding at best. I read this book in quick time and have recommended it many times over. Read and learn. Read and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was captivating reading, one of those books I literally couldn't put down until I'd read it through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had sought and expected the usual Archer novel-a light summer read. Ironically, on the eve of the Blackout of 2003, I found myself absorbing yet another set of unthinkable circumstances. 'A Prison Diary' was a stark surprise-- a riveting, wry and instructive account of Britsh prison life. Archer (at least by his account), adapted to unnatural and confining conditions with class and intelligence. He even managed to produce a revealing book that represents a contribution to British society. Perhaps I'm naive, but I believe him. (I also believe Martha Stewart....)
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A great insight to prison life. After his stay in prison, he could run a prison much better than the authorities on the outside who have no idea of life outside of their privileged upbringings.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Come on! Reading this book was like watching paint dry. So he sat next to a murderer for a few minutes. Big deal. He could have told the whole story in 10 pages. Instead he stretched it out to over 200 pages. I am sorry but this book is not worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have no opinion regarding the justice of the sentence which sent Jeffrey Archer to prison. Yet, if boredom is a crime then this book unquestionably a felonious act for which the author deserves time.