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. From there he was moved to HMP Wayland, a category C establishment in Norfolk, where he remained for sixty-seven days. From there he was transferred to the North Sea Camp open prison and eventually released, after a traumatic period in Lincoln jail, on parole in July 2003.
Told with humour and compassion, this one-volume edition of the three bestselling diaries is an important document which reveals the truth behind the UK's prison system through one man's personal story - a classic work of prison writing.
'The finest thing that he has ever written... bubbles with Dickensian detail' - Independent on Sunday
'...the most detailed and illuminating account of life spent under lock and key since Dostoyevsky' - Mail on Sunday
'Gruesome, touching, sharply written... they are the best thing Archer has written in years' - Sunday Telegraph