I enjoyed this story. Prison is definitly scary.
I COULD NOT TURN THIS ONE OFF> AWESOME A+A+A++A+A
First book in a 3 book series of the real life accounts of being in prison and his movement in the British penal system.
Good start to a trilogy written by a favorite author. A millionaire, once Mayor and once part of the Lords of Parliment, who was sentenced to 4 years in prison. This the first book, deals with his first 3 weeks of incarceration, the people he met, the thoughts he had, the adjustments he had to make. The following two books will follow his movement while incarcerated. This book was written in a day by day diary format.
I found this bk riveting. Written in a spare prose that zips right along. Highly recommend it.
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.
Simple story but I just couldn't put it down. Very interesting.
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 accompanies 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.