A Prison Diary, Volume 2

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St Martin's : 2003
ISBN: 9780312330989
Branch Call Number: 828 Ar23pu
Characteristics: 310p illus


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Feb 07, 2013

I have read many of Archer's fiction books and was amazed to find a NF by him. Read this and you'll find the frist two titles he had in mind for "As The Crow Flies," which I thought was engrosing. Luckily I still have several of his fiction to go.

Lookedvolume two up in the library (wanted to read more!) and we didn't have it. I asked, politely, if it could be found elsewhere.

Apparently it's been ordered for us to own. Wonderful. I can't wait to read it. Our system owns the last of three, but I wanted to read them in order, not one - three - two.

Meanwhile, I have my nose in other books.


Dec 08, 2012

Read this sometime between Sept 11, 2012 and Oct 4, 2012 while also reading "The Inheritance of Loss". Very eye-opening, and gives you a lot to think about re the prison system.

Feb 04, 2012

A continuation of his time in prison that picks up directly where the first one leaves off. I would recommend reading the three diaries in order; the context is much richer if you do. The second is just as good as the first.

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