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A Prison Diary Volume II: Purgatory [Format Kindle]

Jeffrey Archer
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As recounted in this second installment of his prison diary, Archer's 67 days at Wayland, a medium-security facility in Norfolk, sounds much more pleasant than the time he spent at a maximum-security facility in London, where his status as a bestselling novelist and member of the House of Lords didn't help much. At Wayland, after making the right connections, he could use his considerable fortune to buy decent food, extra phone cards, have his laundry done—even arrange to bid on a $900,000 painting by the Colombian artist Botero, thanks to an inmate being deported back to that country. But as he points out after a fight between prisoners results in a man's head being split open by a snooker ball, "I go into great detail to describe this incident simply because those casually reading this diary might be left with an impression that life at Wayland is almost bearable. It isn't." Archer comes across as a remarkable piece of work—a character only a novelist as subtle as Anthony Powell could invent. At one moment he's remembering discussions with fellow Conservative politicians about the future of the party; the next he's complaining about the prison menu. What obviously kept him going—and will keep readers turning the pages—is his ability to write by hand up to 3,000 words a day of his journals and his 2002 novel, Sons of Fortune, while maintaining the wry humor that can cause him to comment, after seeing a recent TV adaptation of Great Expectations, "If I hadn't been in prison, I would have walked out after fifteen minutes."
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On 9th August 2001, twenty-two days after Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury, he was transferred from HMP Belmarsh, a double-A Category high-security prison in south London, to HMP Wayland, a Category C establishment in Norfolk. He served sixty-seven days in Wayland and during that time, as this account testifies, encountered not only the daily degradations of a dangerously over-stretched prison service, but the spirit and courage of his fellow inmates...

Prison Diary Volume II: Purgatory is an extraordinary work of non-fiction, where Archer reveals what life is like inside the walls of Britain's prisons.

Praise for A Prison Diary Volume I: Hell

'The finest thing that Jeffrey Archer has ever written' - Independent on Sunday

'Compelling reportage . . . Jeffrey Archer raises these diaries to the standards of a prison Pepys by being such an assiduous recorder of fellow inmates' secrets' - Jonathan Aitken, Mail on Sunday

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Did everybody hear what Jeffrey Archer is saying? 17 août 2014
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If politicians used this work to help prisoners and change the penal system the world would be a safer place. If certain prisoners where given help to find the reason for their acts we wouldn't have prisons overflowing being looked after by people who are not recognized as being a very important part of society and like nurses etc getting payed a very poor salary. Only then will we solve the deep rooted problems of all our lives. PLEASE somebody read these diaries and take the necessary steps and changes!!! But that would need a great deal of courage . Do you know many politicians ready to take a stand and demand that the government make the changes needed!!!!'
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Easy Read, Insightful 17 septembre 2005
Par William Morris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have to disagree with some of the other reviews. I find this book very easy to read, not boring at all. I could not put it down.

I'm no big fan of Jeffrey Archer, but this Second Book does go into more of the dark side of British Jails and Prisons. The drugs, the violence.... the way the inmates stick together, swapping Mar's bars for Phone Cards.. Very good.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of my favorite authors 21 juin 2011
Par Louie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read anything I can get my hands on from Jeffrey Archer. This three book series is a true story of his troubles with the British legal system. Interesting insight. I had just gotten my Kindle and he was the author I went to first.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What It's Like "Inside" 26 décembre 2013
Par Culture Buff - Publié sur Amazon.com
The pull of this book was curiosity about an experience all of us hope to never have, but yearn to know more about: prison. We're fortunate in that the man who lived through it is also a gifted writer disciplined enough to record his incarceration as it unfolded.

Archer's eye for detail and turn of phrase made it compulsive reading. He memorably chronicles the underground economy that thrives "behind the walls", as well as the numerous personalities (both colorful and vicious) of lifers and recidivists that collected around him. It's all here, from the mundane (acquiring the best pens to write with) to the momentous (aftermath of 9-11).

It probably helped some that Archer had fame and notoriety before going to prison, but it's also an indictment of a justice system that railroaded him on the basis of false accusations and overt bias on the part of the trial judge.

His remarkable accounts are a testament to the maxim that "what doesn't destroy me, makes me stronger". I ordered the remaining two volumes while in the midst of this one, wanting more but understandably glad that Archer is once again a free man able to confound his picayune enemies.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting! 15 janvier 2013
Par Mary C. Castle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I would have given this a 5 star review, but I don't think saying that I loved it, considering the topic, would have
been correct.
I certainly did find this a very interesting book. An insider'a look at a British prison was very interesting.
One learns what the prisoners are fed, what the interactions among the prisoners were like and it was
interesting to read that other inmates often turned to Sir Jeffrey when writing and how he was able to
survive in such a setting.
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of volume three of his prison diaries.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An Insight Into What Life is Like Behind Bars for the Rich and Selfish 30 août 2006
Par Mr James N Simpson - Publié sur Amazon.com
I read this trilogy out of order and Purgatory was the last one I read. The first I read was the finale Heaven which is where this edition leads up to. I must admit I have formed a totally different opinion of Archer than I had after reading Heaven. I actually felt sorry for him after Heaven but after reading the initial and more to the point this Volume II edition my opinion has drastically changed That empathy disappeared after the first diary series Hell, and has transformed into disgust with Purgatory as this edition highlights what a selfish and uncaring about his fellow man type of individual Lord Archer really is.

His pathetic refusal to drink tap water (where does he think bottled water comes from anyway) and eat the every day food that every other prisoner does continues on from the first novel. He disgustingly avoids doing this in his new prison by purchasing with his money from the outside world additional water, chocolate and other food as well as phone cards, additional pillows, blankets, towels and other luxuries from the prison black market. He never once mentions remorse for these actions even though obviously his supplier Dale isn't going to the local Tesco Supermarket and purchasing these items. Obviously other prisoners are either swapping these items for drugs or being severely beaten and threatened for them and having to do without just so Archer can be more comfortable and not have to lower himself to do things like drink tap water. Even though he always has visitors he has no problem with purchasing phone cards the same way even though the victims' phone cards he is using may have no other way to communicate with their loved ones. When he is caught by the prison officials he tries to evoke the feeling of pity for him from his readers for these repulsive actions, it is just disgraceful!

If he'd at least acknowledged the detrimental outcomes for others as a result of his selfish behaviour I would have at least given him some credence but he never mentions this once in his diaries. He is however quick to criticise any prison official who doesn't provide him with special treatment such as the guard who told him he could be put on report for going into the enhanced wing that every other prisoner has to wait three months or so on good behaviour to visit, let alone live there which he shortly there after is granted. I find it hard to fathom how he constantly complains about the papers saying he is given special treatment when that is exactly what happens and he uses the media as an excuse for everything such as demanding his own cell, as his cell mates will talk to the papers if he has to share. He never once criticises himself or his actions for being in prison, always maintaining he is a victim and his sentence will be overruled in the near future which history has proven never happened.

Other unique aspects of this edition to the others are that Archer befriends a Columbian prisoner to get the prisoner's brother smuggle out an emerald from his homeland and sell it to Archer so he can save ten to twenty thousand pounds. He also wanted a painting from a Columbian artist at a much cheaper price as his prison buddy's relatives knew the Columbian family selling it and could convince them (which obviously would have involved threatening them) but thankfully this turned out to be all talk. Either Archer is extremely naive and stupid from living such a privileged and sheltered life, or an extremely selfish individual prepared to live of the misery of others to further himself and live more comfortably. Obviously Britain doesn't have the law that criminals can't profit from their crimes that Australia and other countries do. Although this does result in an interesting look for readers into prison life for the wealthy. It is just a shame Archer is allowed to make money from these books. Surely he could donate proceeds to a childrens' hospital or victims of crime groups or something but I guess as he proved by actions in this book, he has no conscience.
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