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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Hell (Prison Diary, book 1) by FF

At time sad, at time eye opening, the experience opened his eyes to deficiencies in the British prison system that extends beyond the ordinary complaints of privilege seeking convicts to elevate actual belmafsh that he with his extensive contacts can actually impact. If you want a thrill, read fiction.

Apr 11, Mie rated it really liked it Shelves: He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power. Its all been said on here. Jul 04, Richard Mulholland rated it it was amazing Shelves: Share this by email: He contrives to make his complaints merely querulous, even where justified and there is no doubt that our prisons heap unnecessary petty humiliations upon prisoners, usually through inefficiency.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is a British prison so I may have felt too removed from it to appreciate it. I really liked this first book of the trilogy – I have always enjoyed Archers writing!

A Prison Diary: Belmarsh: Hell: Vol. 1

If prison is supposed to bring the miscreant face to face with himself, then this diary tells us that, behind the mask, there’s only a loud voice with nothing much to say. Fascinating look at the British penal system from the inside. He has a weightless, free-floating quality, tied to earth by his designer possessions. Hel nature being what it is May 23, Lorraine rated it really liked it.


Not only does he find ways to surv Bestselling author,Lord Jeffrey Archer heol sentenced to serve time at Belmarsh prison. The good old British class system automatically kicks in, even in prison – and people know The upper class Delboy of the Common spends some time in jail.

Further, it seems there are more heroin addicts coming out of prison than going in. Despite this, many of the inmates are extremely kind to him and regale him with anecdotes, which he duly records. I didn’t want to know that about people. For instance, many of the prisoners seem to share an almost exact form of sarcastic humour as Archer himself. The good old British class system automatically kicks in, even in prison – and people know their place. He took to writing to cover the long periods of time he was locked in his cell.

Wayland eludes Jeff’s pen because he so plainly has another, outside, life to lead.

A Prison Diary, Hell, Volume I | Official website for Jeffrey Archer

With a few more pictures, it might even have made a nice piece in Hello! Prison is a monotonous and humiliating experience which generally inspires writers to introspection.

Volume 1 – Hell Author s: V rated it really liked it. He doesn’t do anything to dispell this in these books. Having been given the next 2 books as a gift, I will of course read them – but I’m not in a hurry to do so. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at 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.


This really cannot be said of Lord Archer’s diaries, partly because 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. Jul 09, Vidya rated it really liked it. This first book of three tells about his first 3 weeks in a high security prison.

His trauma was still fresh and the conditions at Belmarsh prison extremely harsh. This, he discovered, is standard procedure for first-time offenders on their first night in jail. However, he does make some salient points in pointing out the shortcomings of the British penal system. Up b A non fiction book from the best selling author. It is also an indictment of the British penal system. This is because of both 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.

The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. Jeff never fails to tell his readers how much he loathes Mr Potts, but the judge actually put his prisoner into some fairly select company: While Archer version is about himself, Hoskison’s is about redemption, seeking punishment for his failings causing death by drunk driving and resolution, and all in one single volume.

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