Purgatory - Jeffrey Archer


By Jeffrey Archer

  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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4 Score: 4 (From 30 Ratings)

Purgatory Jeffrey Archer Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Archer is one of my favorites

    By Strutzr
    I have been reading Archer's books for some 25 years, first discovering him during a summer college recess. I have religiously read every book except volumes 2&3 of the prison diaries. I could never find them in hardcover in the US. With the iPad it was easy to get volume 2. While not as interesting as his novels, I enjoyed this volume of his prison diary. He provides interesting insight to prison life and one cant but help think of the juxtaposition of Lord Archer in a penal institution. While I sense he often felt that it was wrong for him to be in prison (I'm innocent I swear! which seems to be the mantra of all convicts) he seems to have adapted to life and tried to make the best of it. Again not quite as enjoyable as his splendid novels, but still a quick and interesting read.
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    By tobylas
    The book is good but way too many typographical errors. Does anyone proof read at all? Hardly a page goes by without an error. When asked to pay, one would not expect such shoddy presentation.

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