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DAY 5, MONDAY 23 JULY 2001, 5.53 AM

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 12 and a half hours, and will not be let out again until midday; 18 and a half hours of solitary confinement. There is a child of 17 in the cell below me who has been charged with shoplifting, his first offence, not even convicted, and he is being locked up for 18 and a half hours, unable to speak to anyone. This is Great Britain in the 21st century, not Turkey, not Nigeria, not Kosovo, but Britain.

On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. He was to spend the first 22 days and 14 hours in HMP Belmarsh, a double A-Category high-security prison in South London, which houses some of Britain's most violent criminals.

This is the author's daily record of the time he spent there.

Andrew Sachs
hr min
4 October
Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Customer Reviews

Frogger 59 ,

A Prison Diary Volume 1

Always interesting to hear other peoples true stories when they have been less fortunate than yourselves.
Obviously Jeffrey was already a well written author which helped him to record his life in prison very thoroughly.
Would recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of factual information rather than the tip-toeing around that we tend to get at times.
What a fantastic book and well read by Andrew Sachs.

JoJo W ,

Thoughtful tears

I am an avid reader of Mr Archer and have reread many of his books, this was so different in many ways. The diary style was introspective and made the listener think about the time and day of each occurance following it as you would your own life day to day. The level of description was perfect I new where he was and the people he was with. Fletch made me cry (thoughtfully) and reflect my own lucky life stlye - thank you for this bit Mr A you were so right to include this incredible insight. I want to read the next parts soon as I was enthralled throughout. A futher understanding of the reasons for being where he was I would have found so useful - I have to admit I did not follow the diatribe offered by the press at the time. Having had some contections with the environment Mr Archer was enduring this made everything come into reality from a different perspective.

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