I just finished listening to this audiobook yesterday. I love any non-fiction diary style story and this one did not disappoint. Mr. Archer's candid telling of his days spent in prison are so frank and detailed that I couldn't wait to see what his next day of incarceration would bring him! Here is a description of the novel from his website:
DAY 5 MONDAY 23 JULY 2001 5.53AM '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 twelve and a half hours, and will not be let out again until midday; eighteen and a half hours of solitary confinement. There is a child of seventeen in the cell below me who has been charged with shoplifting - his first offence, not even convicted - and he is being locked up for eighteen and a half hours, unable to speak to anyone. This is
Great Britain in the
twenty-first century, not Turkey,
not Nigeria, not Kosovo, but
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
twenty-two days and fourteen 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.
Now I just need to get my hands on "A Prison Diary Volume II - Purgatory" and "A Prison Diary Volume III - Heaven".
Next up - surprise, surprise ... Hunger Games!