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Summary

Long days of boredom in confinement, the general inefficiency of prison bureaucracy and a critically over-stretched prison service. The tediousness of prison life kicks in for prisoner FF8282, also known as author Jeffrey Archer, in the second volume of his best-selling series The Prison Diaries. Still his fellow inmates show inspiring spirit and courage, amid an otherwise gloomy prison landscape, revealing that even in the darkest hours light can always be found.

In 2001 August 9th, Jeffrey Archer is transferred from HMP Belmarsh, a double-A Category high-security prison in south London, to HMP Wayland, a Category C establishment in Norfolk. Though more relaxed in terms of rules prison life still is no picnic, but rather a purgatory.

During his sixty-seven days in Wayland, Archer reveals the harsh details of everyday life in Britain’s prisons, offering firsthand insight into the lives led behind bars.

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.

©2021 SAGA Egmont (P)2021 SAGA Egmont

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it’s just not cricket

story continues giving insight into prison life
but too much recollection of cricket match
found that tedious not being a fan of the sport.
I did enjoy but not as much as first book a bit repetitious 📖

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Great Insight

Really loved this book & the many relationships showing there are decent people in prison.
I thoroughly enjoy narration by Jonathan Keeble, who has a very strong voice & his portrayal of different characters & accents is amazing.
Can't wait to read Heaven.

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Posh mans Porridge

Another good listen, carried on where the other book left off.
Like it says, it’s a diary and a very good an informative one.
Looking forward to the next one

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Great book

Well worth the read follows the sequence of prison books and maintains a high standard

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A good listen

The second of three as good as the first now onto the third a good listen.

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At it’s best

Another good listen. Always interesting and factual. Can’t wait for next instalment . Enjoyable and good narration.

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great ending

I have really enjoyed the 3 books in the series. There is a lot of repetition and resentment... Fair play to Jeffrey Archer with Justification... no pun intended.
It was a very inciteful look into prison and the life inside. What a shambles, It's a shame someone with his incite should have been allowed an input into the changes required to improve things for prison officers, prisoners and the sanity of the whole. thing,
I only marked it down a little because of the repetitions..
Well worth a listen.
As always Johnathon Keeble made it such a good listen..

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Purgatory

Excellent story of prison life through the eyes of Mr Jeffrey archer, he may be pompous and self righteous but he certainly knows how to write a good book and the amazing talents of the narrator Jonathan keeble always delivers a great audio story , very interesting from start to finish.

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Most Informative

Really enjoyed 1 2 & 3
Will now proceed with another of the authors books. Like the way he writes.

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Totally what I ecpected

An entertaining enough read, or listen, all three hell, purgatory and heaven.
He is a pompous but harmless brat but totally out of touch
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