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Heaven (Prison Diary) [Paperback]

Jeffrey Archer
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25 July 2006 Prison Diary (Book 3)

Day 115

Saturday 10th November 2001


It’s all an act. I am hopelessly unhappy, dejected and broken. I smile when I am at my lowest, I laugh when I see no humour, I help others when I need help myself. I am alone. If I were to show any sign, even for a moment, of what I’m going through, I would have to read the details in some tabloid the following day. Everything I do is only a phone call away from a friendly journalist with an open cheque book. I don’t know where I have found the strength to maintain this facade and never break down in anyone’s presence.

The final volume of Jeffrey Archer’s prison diaries covers the period of his transfer from Wayland to his eventual release on parole in July 2003. It includes a shocking account of the traumatic time he spent in the notorious Lincoln jail and the events that led to his incarceration there – it also throws light on a system that is close to breaking point.

Told with humour, compassion and honesty, it closes with a thought-provoking manifesto that should be applauded by the Establishment and prison population alike.

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  • Paperback: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (25 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312354797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312354794
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Archer is the bestselling author of eleven novels. In August 2001, he was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. During that time he wrote three Prison Diaries. He was released in July 2003. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lighter regime 30 April 2007
Finally transferred to an open prison Archer completes 636 remaining days his sentence in a more relaxed regime until he unwittingly breaks the conditions of a home visit. At the insistence of home secretary Blunkett, who seemed to believe tabloid untruths about Archer receiving preferential treatment, he is sent to the harsher regime of Lincoln until after 23 days an enquiry shows the prison service at fault.

Archer is shown to have received a far harsher sentence than is normal or his crime. but supposed friends who could have exposed judicial prejudice against him, refused to testify. One finishes these volumes with a lot of respect for Archer and his ability to endure adversity.

One learns you cannot escape from an open prison, only abscond, and some do even when nearing completion of sentence. Another surprise is the number of murdererd qualifying for open prison. Most will have killed family members and are no longer seen as a threat to others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven on Earth...? 12 Sep 2009
By Bert
This third diary - like the others before - was a definite page turner. The short, sharp entries each day kept my attention and I never knew what was coming next. I have to say that - as someone who visits a Cat C Prison on a regular basis and engages with both Staff and Offenders - Archer has in no way exaggerated the conditions and regulations within our current Penal System.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Heaven to Hell and Back Again 18 Nov 2005
By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER
In the Open Prison at North Sea Camp, Archer fell on his feet straightaway. One of the prisoners who had helped him so much in Wayland had referred him to similarly helpful prisoner at NSC. This prisoner had the best job at NSC - as hospital orderly. Archer will often stand in for him, but right at the start he had got the second-best job, that of orderly in the Sentence Management Unit, which involved helping the officers with office work (ordering supplies, for example) and seeing the prisoners when they are called to the officers, whether in the course of induction (for instance telling them what work options are available to them) or preparatory to them being called in for some offence. This enabled him to be helpful both to the officers (the first thing he did was to reorganizing drawers, cupboards and notice-boards more efficiently) and to the prisoners; so once again he becomes popular and respected by both sides. He writes (can we believe it?) that hardly any prisoner would swear in front of him (though a woman officer has no such inhibitions), and when refereeing a football-match, he actually penalized one of the players for swearing and got away with it. Though it is an open prison, it still has a contingent of murderers and of drug users. On the one occasion when an inmate promised to beat Archer up, the offender was visited by three heavies (whom Archer did not even know that well) who made him change his mind and apologize.

The question of drugs obsesses Archer. He records every aspect and what the prisoners don't tell him, he reads up. There are frequent random Mandatory Drugs Tests (MDTs), and the more resourceful prisoners told him of the many ingenious ways in which they can fool the testing procedure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prison Diary Heaven 9 Oct 2006
The last volume of the 'prison diaries' kept me with him the experience and gratification of being in the hospital and trying to help other prisoner showed the more human side of Jeffrey Archer. I like others would have liked a short diary of his confinement in Lincoln Jail. The Home Office and prison system tried to make an example of him, but in the end Jeffrey was able to let others know what he really went through. I have read all his books and look forward to continue reading him.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 23 Jan 2006
I very much enjoyed Mr Archers trilogy of prison life. I did feel sorry for him, although I am not sure if that is how he would want the reader to experience. He was, let's face it, hammered at his trial with this sentence. Even if he was guilty, we all try and get away with things, but I guess for who he was he got 4 years. He could spend most of the book defending his corner and slagging everyone off, but his restraint is quite admirable. He concentrates on how prison is for him, and it is to his credit also that after leaving each prison it is after earning the friendship of his fellow inmates, which says allot about the man. I can vouch for how Newspapers just make up stories to sell papers and are so liberal with the truth that the word no longer applies to many of their sotries, And Archer was crucified on the strength of those. I felt sad and ashamed of this country when he was moved from NSC, and I think the writer himself gave up after that. I was thoroughly dissapointed that he discontined his diary at that point because all along I had been hoping for a happy ending and his descriptions of how normal life would be after x amount of time in jail, but In many ways you can understand why he did not want to carry on.
As he was never in Coronation street no one ever started a campaign to get him out of jail, but after reading his diaries I felt that he was an alright bloke, and at the end I felt myself wishing him the best.
This is a fascinating, and sometimes despairing look inside prisons of modern day Britian. I reccomend it, for whatever that is worth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I would NEVER buy anything from this odious individual. ...
I would NEVER buy anything from this odious individual. Someone caught issuing the most outrageous untruths on such a regular basis over the years does not deserve to be rewarded... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by A. Goodall
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Published 4 days ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have thoroughly enjoyed reading Jeffrey Archer's Prison Diaries. A real insight.
Published 5 days ago by Sandra B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not as good as the forst two but an excellellent collection of writing on an unusual subjaect
Published 5 days ago by HK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent read
Published 7 days ago by david williams
5.0 out of 5 stars SO readable!!
Thorughly enjoyed such a clear account of life in prison - what a great story-teller he is!!
Published 7 days ago by loulou149
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent accounts giving a good insight to prison life and ...
Excellent accounts giving a good insight to prison life and British 'justice'
Published 7 days ago by Mr. J. H. Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband greatly enjoyed it.
My husband greatly enjoyed it.
Published 18 days ago by Margaret Fellows
5.0 out of 5 stars ... press - but gave this a go - an excellent read mostly because it...
Never read a Jeffrey before - he always came across as pompous and out of touch with real life - let alone some allegedly dubious behaviour reported by the press - but gave this a... Read more
Published 19 days ago by jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars like the rest of them
Again, like the rest of them, I found quite interesting but it won't be the ideal cup of tea for everyone.
Published 21 days ago by Rookie
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