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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Andrew Sachs Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting. Apparently there are two more volumes to this saga. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca Sefton | 1/20/2014

    " Ok, maybe it isn't fair to pan a book I didn't actually finish -- but Archer is so full of himself, I just couldn't listen to any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Sumner | 1/19/2014

    " English politician sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. This is his daily diary. I love the British humor .... reminds me of friends I had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Ripley | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting perspective. Never really thought about what it would be like in prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eshna | 1/12/2014

    " It was a really slow paced and boring book till where i read. :/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 1/12/2014

    " I liked this book and read it in a very short time. Highly recommend it if you are from England originally, or if you are interested in how the prison system in England is a little different from the U S A. There are three books in this series, so be sure and read all three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S.R. Hardwell | 12/31/2013

    " TBW 2.9/5 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie | 9/20/2012

    " Didn't pass the 3 chapter test. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dignan107 | 6/24/2012

    " A superb diary/account of prison life. Thoroughly enjoyable, harrowing, funny, thought-provoking and thrilling all at the same time. Now onwards to Purgatory.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/1/2012

    " I found this an interesting view into a man's life in prison. I realize that a former member of the house-of-lords will have a much different time of it, than your run of the mill first time offender, but it was interesting nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Maicke | 3/31/2012

    " A dairy kept by the author of his first 22 days in one of Great Britain's high security prisons. It was compelling reading that tried to show the problems that both the prisoners and guards faced at such a facility. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Cunningham | 3/19/2012

    " Very interesting read, certainly raises questions that need answering. Like how can prisoners become more addicted to drugs in prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syanara Ruffin | 3/11/2012

    " pretty good on to the next book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 2/9/2012

    " This series is so insightful. I couldn't put them down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/18/2011

    " I don't think he ever should have gone to prison, but his account is a well worth read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ancie | 11/20/2010

    " Slightly disappointing considering I think of JA as a wonderful story-teller. This is more like a journal. So... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 11/7/2010

    " Interesting perspective. Never really thought about what it would be like in prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mehul | 9/21/2010

    " Nicely written. But the interest level decreases with every page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonia | 8/27/2010

    " An okay read. A little bit of insight into British prisons. One is never sure though about how honest Archer is being in relating his experiences; especially the reason for why he was in jail in he first place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 7/26/2010

    " Chilling and insightful - a fascinating view from behind bars and the life of the prisoners there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 7/5/2010

    " Interesting. Apparently there are two more volumes to this saga. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/2/2010

    " Ok, maybe it isn't fair to pan a book I didn't actually finish -- but Archer is so full of himself, I just couldn't listen to any more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/27/2010

    " An interesting view of prison life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/23/2010

    " It's a great read from one of my favorite authors. Just recently discovered he had been in prison (I know....where have I been)?

    I plan on reading the entire series of the books while he was in prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 9/17/2009

    " The author does not explain all the details surrounding his trial and subsequent 4 year sentence for perjury, but his account of 3 weeks in a maximum security prison in London are pretty eye-opening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 8/29/2009

    " blow by blow account of what it's like to be in jail...interesting so far...

    then it got boring. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than 250 million copies in ninety-seven countries and more than thirty-seven languages. He is the only author ever to have written a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories, and nonfiction. He is married to Dame Mary Archer, DBE, and they have two sons. He and his family divide their time between London and Cambridge.

About the Narrator

Andrew Sachs may be best known as Manuel from the BBC show Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese. His recent roles include guest appearances on Silent Witness, Doctors, and Holby City. His audiobook narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.