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Prisoner FF8282 gazes out from confinement on what he deems must be a glorious summer's day, rays of sunlight bursting through the barred windows of his cell.

Within the thick prison walls separating society from its dangerous criminals, a multitude of harrowing fates unfold, seldomly explored by the public. First-time offenders thrown in cells with hardened criminals, several inmates becoming heroin addicts and a system riddled with flaws. However, even in prison the sunlight cannot be kept out.

Thursday 19 July 2001, following a seven-week perjury trial, international, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison; the first twenty-two days and fourteen hours of which were spent in the notorious HMP Belmarsh facility in south London. This experience led to Archer’s best-selling volumes, The Prison Diaries, a detailed, hour-by-hour recollection of his time spent amongst criminals in the high-security prison, housing murderers, terrorists and some of Britain’s most violent criminals. Still under these harsh circumstances, Archer manages to show that like the rays of sunlight pushing through heavy bars, humanity can be found even in the inferno of hell.

Hell is the first volume in the series, offering the author’s firsthand depiction of prison life, while simultaneously highlighting a system failing society as a whole and as individuals, where inmates leave worse off and more dangerous than when they first entered.

Jeffrey Archer is a bestselling British author and former politician. He was educated at Oxford and went on to become a Member of Parliament, the deputy chair of the Conservative Party as well as sitting in the House of Lords. His political career ended in scandal and he turned to writing and he has been published in over 275 million copies worldwide.

He is perhaps most famous for the Clifton Chronicles and his blockbuster "Kane and Abel" which was number one on the New York Time’s Bestseller list and inspired a popular miniseries starring Peter Strauss and Sam Neill.

After he was imprisoned for perjury in 2001, he wrote his highly acclaimed non-fiction series, Prison Diaries - Hell, Purgatory and Heaven - which were inspired by his experiences and loosely structured around Dante's Divine Comedy.

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  • arvis
  • 12-09-21

When the Hell?

After listening 10 chapters I have question. When the Hell begins? To someone like me who read about Gulag in Soviet Union, about prisons in Russia where 160 prisoners locked in one cell with only one toilet hole, where prisoners waiting 3 hours in a queue to go toilet. Where prisoners can only sleep 3 hours. Where is strict cast system. Where prisoners raped with brush handles by orders of the prison staff etc. This prison story sounds like a diary from holiday camp. "Slept 7 hours, went to shower, ate breakfast, went for a walk, went to Chappel...went to sleep"....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-21

Fantastic

Brilliant I've listened to book 1 and 2 in two days I'm now on book 3 mr archer is a great writer and the reading was great ..will definitely listen to again

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  • Derek
  • 12-09-21

Loved it, Loved it, Loved it

My first book that I've listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it I was only going to listen to it whilst driving to my first delivery address but got totally engrossed in the book (fantastic writing keeps you entertained and the little footnotes are a great way of giving more detail) and finished the book by the time I got back to warehouse, I'm already onto book 2 can't wait for work tomorrow so I can listen to it and Jonathan Keeble narrates the book brilliantly, well done Jeffrey Archer on a fantastic book

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  • Johnny
  • 12-26-21

Surprisingly Good

Didn’t know what to expect here but it essentially this! A very honest account of a toff ( no insult intended ) herring about peoples lives with an open minded ear.. recognising that circumstances people live with or are brought up with.. allows or denies privileges in life simple things like reading writing and a chance at improvement.. terrifying story’s about abuse done to people that inevitably will send them outside of social behaviour..

He doesn’t try and not be who he is and seems to get the respect of some hardened prisoners..

Well done

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  • Tracey-Anne
  • 01-07-22

I could not stop listening

First time I have listened to a book by Jeffrey Archer and I was hooked. To be privy to his experience in 'hell' was quite remarkable. What came across to me was his discipline towards the outcome of his day with relation to his writing, his ability to connect with other prisoners and his love for his wife and sons. I was quite sad when it came to the end, when he left Belmarsh prison to be moved but then found the following 2 diaries later that day. I'm nearing the end of the 3rd, what a great listen!

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  • ross pygall
  • 12-15-21

Good Insight into prison in Bellmarsh

this book was enjoyable, a little flat in places but it is a good insight into the kind of characters you find in prison.

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  • Richard Morris
  • 12-14-21

Recommended

very well written by the man himself. and narrated by one of my favourite narrators Jonathan Kemble. Full of ups and downs, laughter and sorrow . can't wait to start book 2

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  • Cherry Rogers
  • 12-13-21

Very Interesting

A very interesting account of Jeffrey Archer’s time in prison and the prison system. Also, very respectful of the other prisoners that he met. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Laura seddon
  • 12-12-21

Very good!!

The only reason I even considered this book is the fact it’s an actual prison diary. I am politically challenged shall we say and was totally put off by the fact he was a politician, fearing it would all go over my head. The fact it was a prison diary encouraged me to try, in the thinking that I’m no stranger to criminal happenings, growing up where I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very eye opening. It’s real and informative, interesting and funny at times. I’ve even downloaded the rest of the prison books and a few of his novels. Well worth a listen for anyone interested in crime and punishment.

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  • Alistair Davies
  • 01-09-22

BS from Jeff

21 days in Bellmarsh... what a self centered narcissistic person this man is. He writes palatable fiction, but he is a consummate liar.

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