According to an apocryphal story, Picasso was once asked to support a fund dedicated to getting Russian writers out of Soviet prisons. He refused. They write better in prison, he is reported to have said. When Lord Archer published volume one of his prison diary, Belmarsh: Hell , in , the critical consensus was that 'Jeff',as he likes to be known in the slammer, had surpassed himself. That was scarcely a feat of literature, of course, but there's no doubt that Jeff's hour-by-hour account of his first few weeks of detention at Her Majesty's pleasure, much of it in solitary confinement, had the journalistic virtue of being based on first-hand experience. In this respect, Jeff, who takes his writing seriously, owes Mr Justice Potts, who gave him four years for perjury, a big thank you.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hell by Jeffrey Archer. 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. On Thursday 19 July , after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail.
This is the author's daily record of the time he spent there. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 24th by Pan Books first published More Details Original Title.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Hell A Prison Diary, 1. Aug 30, W rated it really liked it Shelves: archer. I had been reading Jeffrey Archer's books for several years when one day I got quite a shock. Archer had been sentenced to serve time in prison! What's more,it was no ordinary prison. It was Britain's notorious high security prison,Belmarsh.
He was to be kept with violent criminals. His stay at Belmarsh lasted twenty two days. He was kept in a tiny cell in solitary confinment. And straightaway,he devised a coping strategy. He picked up a pen and started writing again. The result was the three volume I had been reading Jeffrey Archer's books for several years when one day I got quite a shock.
The result was the three volumes of prison diaries,titled "Hell","Purgatory" and "Heaven". Of these,the first volume is the most intense. Conditions at Belmarsh prison were extremely harsh. Archer wonders why they had to send him there,of all places. Archer's prison diary is very poignant. Not only does he find ways to survive,he also jots down the stories of his fellow inmates which make for a gripping read. The prison experience would also be reflected in several of his subsequent books after his release.
It wouldn't dampen his creativity,however. He would continue to be a prolific author,writing many more bestsellers. The prison diaries are far better than several of Archer's fictional works. As the saying goes,fact is stranger than fiction. View all 5 comments. I downloaded one of his free short-stories back in the winter from his "And Thereby Hangs a Tale" collection, and after just a few paragraphs in, I was immediately taken on an amazingly tantalising and tactile journey that pulled my emotions along in a very seamless manner.
His story-telling skills are incredibly sharp and finely-honed, and in that regard, he reminds me very much of Dan Brown or J. They may not be literary giants, but they know how to tell a whopping great story. Currently I'm reading Book I in his prison diary series, and am amazed at the skill that it took him to put this work down in one draft. Sure, some places are rough in that they could use a comma or a grammar-checker, but if we let that detract us from reading and enjoying a story that fully engages our emotions on every level, then we're obviously missing the entire point of being writers.
Jeffrey Archer is a very enjoyable author and I intend to read everything by him that I can get my grubby little hands on, because when I open a book by this man, I don't care about his political journey with the House of Lords, and I don't care that he was imprisoned for an intentional infraction.
When I read his words, all I care about is what happens next. Jan 30, Wendy Soliman rated it it was amazing. I make no apology for being an avid Jeffrey Archer fan. I think his novels are cracking good escapism.
So there! I was however a bit apprehensive about reading his first prison diary. It was going to be full of Jeff feeling sorry for himself and berating everyone except himself, wasn't it?
Well, no, actually. There was very little of that. Instead the insight into the prison service and some of its more off-the-wall rules had me laughing, crying and full of righteous indignation as the book progr I make no apology for being an avid Jeffrey Archer fan.
Instead the insight into the prison service and some of its more off-the-wall rules had me laughing, crying and full of righteous indignation as the book progressed.
Someone in for six weeks for a driving offence 'banged up' with a murderer? Come on! I've never had much time for prison reformers. People inside are there to be punished. If you can't do the time don't do the crime. Jeffrey has changed that view and I've ordered the next two books in the series.
View 1 comment. Everyone wants to be his friend. And he met some nasty pieces of work. Aug 07, Stacy rated it it was ok. There are two more parts, Purgatory and Heaven where he chronicles the rest of his two years behind bars.
I will not be reading either of those. And if part one is called Hell and is boring, well, how much more monotonous can parts two and three be? This is a British prison so I may have felt too removed from it to appreciate it. And Archer was only there 22 days! I guess I wondered how sheltered his life had been if his new surroundings shocked him.
I mean it is prison after all. It was well written and a had a few interesting things to say, but on the whole I was obviously disappointed. Apr 19, Ensiform rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , justice. I also wonder if his fellow inmates appreciated him printing their anecdotes and conversations, especially as he quotes some of them as asking him not to repeat certain things which he goes on to recount in detail.
View 2 comments. Feb 17, darce vader rated it did not like it. Problematic AF.
A Prison Diary Series
Jeffrey Archer could face an extended stay in prison after publishing a prison diary. The book, which will be serialised in the Daily Mail next week, is based on three weeks he spent in London's top security Belmarsh jail at the beginning of his four year prison sentence for perjury and obstructing justice. The director general of the prison service, Martin Narey, said he was seeking legal advice to determine if Archer has broken the rules. He has to respect that," he said.
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A Prison Diary is a series of three books of diaries written by Jeffrey Archer during his time in prisons following his convictions for perjury and perverting the course of justice. Each volume is named after the parts of Dante 's The Divine Comedy. The volumes become progressively longer due to his stay being longer and longer at each prison he went to. This book, written under the nom de plume FF , documents Archer's introduction to the prison system.
A Prison Diary, Hell, Volume I
Archer prison diaries cause uproar