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Prison Diary 2: Wayland: Purgatory: Wayland - Purgatory (The Prison Diaries)

Prison Diary 2: Wayland: Purgatory: Wayland - Purgatory (The Prison Diaries) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Archer
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His dialogue sparkles, his narrative is taut and compelling while his cast of criminal characters stays credible. -- Jonathan Aitken in Mail on Sunday, August 2003

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On 9th August 2001, twenty-two days after Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury, he was transferred from HMP Belmarsh, a double-A Category high-security prison in south London, to HMP Wayland, a Category C establishment in Norfolk. He served sixty-seven days in Wayland and during that time, as this account testifies, encountered not only the daily degradations of a dangerously over-stretched prison service, but the spirit and courage of his fellow inmates... Praise for Prison Diary 1 - Belmarsh: Hell

'The finest thing that Jeffrey Archer has ever written' - Independent on Sunday

'Compelling reportage . . . Jeffrey Archer raises these diaries to the standards of a prison Pepys by being such an assiduous recorder of fellow inmates' secrets' - Jonathan Aitken, Mail on Sunday

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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More settled and more "Archer" 30 Nov 2003
By Chris
The first volume of this series was fascinating because it addressed a question which most of us had when we first learned of Archer's sentencing; "how is a guy like that going to deal with being in prison?" I can highly recommend the first volume of the prison diaries because you get a real sense of Archer's total shock at everything he is experiencing in the prison system.
For volume two he is moved to a somewhat less severe prison and allowed many more freedoms and comforts than previously. Overall I found this volume to be less engaging than the first. The real problem is that, in spite of a few unpleasant circumstances, Archer is comfortable enough to start getting smug again. While the prison system itself seems determined to not show any preferential treatment for fear of negative press, Archer manages to surround himself with a crew of eager inmate-servants who are happy to to accept payment for their services by having money transferred to their outside accounts by Archer's secretary, publisher, family members and others. By the end of the the book he's lamenting a narrowly missed opportunity to buy an oil painting for only $500,000 while successfully managing to purchase a $10,000 emerald (which may sell for twice that in London), by convinvcing a Columbian inmate to have his brother risk his life negotiating with gem trading bandits "on the mountain". Any sympathy I had for Archer in volume one was completely eradicated by the end of volume two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How stupid can a government get? 20 Nov 2009
I read all three of the Prison Diary series from J.Archer whilst in hospital recovering from an operation. Whilst I cannot condone what the courts decided he was guilty of I do feel he was hard done by and recent revelations regarding our MP's liberal claiming of expenses would see quite a few of them incarcerated if dealt with in the same way as J.A.
Having read these three books, which J.A. has made into an easy and interesting read, I am convinced that whoever is in charge of our prison services has not one shred of common sense and probably makes it up as he goes along. If we could vote someone into the position my tick would be firmly in J.A's box because you cannot get better experience than being on the wrong side of the fence.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by Archer!!! 10 April 2004
I will admit I am a fairly slow reader but I read this book in no time at all, the experiences are fascinating the detail is extraordinary and the people are better than any novel. Jeffrey Archer continues his most successful work yet in this the second volume of his prison diaries. With a new prison environment and new rules to obey, Archer details for us everything he observes about this harsh reality he has found himself in. I am certainly looking forward to a third volume and would request a fourth in the series as well.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 4 Aug 2003
Wayland continues where Belmarsh left off. Again, it is not a literary work of art – short sentences, simple plots. It is a diary, with wit, sarcasm, insight and social commentary.
On the negative side, the style is too matter of fact. The real disgust and fear which Lord Archer must have experienced does not come across. Yes, he tells how he recoiled at having to wash underwear and dishes in the same filthy sink, his anguish at running out of Evian, and some dicey encounters with prison yobs and bullies, but there is little passion in his writing. It’s rather glib. His “messages for the Home Secretary” regarding needed reforms in the prison system were quite a feature of the previous diary. These are are now indirect and muted. He is most obsessed with getting D-category status – i.e. transfer to an open prison – and who can blame him.

On the positive side he shows what he has to do to retain his sanity – staying connected with the outside world of cricket, reading the classics while others are playing rap music, refusing to be contaminated by his environment. His accounts of the numerous and ingenious schemes the inmates have for acquiring privileges and banned luxuries (e.g. an extra shaving mirror) are highly entertaining. Since there seems to be so much of it going on, one has to assume the authorities generally turn a blind eye to much of it to keep the peace.
The book is compelling. While it is popular to criticize Lord Archer you have to wonder how well we ourselves would hold up in prison.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charmed life? 13 Nov 2005
By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER
As compelling a read as Volume I. He is now in Category C Wayl
and prison, which, though still full of any number of restraints, is far more relaxed than Belmarsh. But to this reader it seems clear that the charmed (if uncomfortable) life Archer led in prison might have been less charmed had he not b
een so famous. On the other hand, his own basic charm and good nature (as theyappear in these diaries) probably also helped with both inmates and warders.(See also my reviews of Vols.I and III)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purgatory 1 July 2004
The second installment in Archers prison diary is as gripping as the first. his use of language and descriptive prose, as well as the excellent sketches produced by another of the inmates give you a sense of being in the cell with Archer during the bleak days he spends in Waylands.
The script is written to favour neither guards nor inmates, simply as is.
Most surprising is the respect he gets from the majority of the inmates in the prison, and how ready his friends are to "deal" with those that threaten him, if only he would point them out.
Once again, a very candid bio, pulling no punches, I look forward to reading the third.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Almost felt sorry for him.
Published 1 day ago by Louise Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very lifelike and thoughtful. Shows what you can do when things are difficult
Published 5 days ago by Pamela Jill Horton
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Rather boring and I will not be reading the next book. Whilst the first book was interesting, this one was a little like watching paint dry.
Published 6 days ago by Claire F
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight
I found this gave a great insight into prison life and some of the unnecessary bureaucracy and outdated rules.
It does get a bit repetitive and is not as fast a read as vol 1. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Fosseboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Jeffrey classic
Another classic from Jeffrey Archer and his time in prison seeing the other side of the prison service and prison life from the inside
Published 1 month ago by D. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prison Diary 2
I Loved it: Jeffrey is such an easy writer & easy to read. I enjoyed all of it. One really felt the pain and frustration of the situation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. V. M. Downs
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
This book should be handed to each member of the government to read. It might help to reduce wastage by sending people to inappropriate facilities and kill bureaucrats acting in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anchri
5.0 out of 5 stars was a very good read
i did enjoy this book was a very good read i have now passed on to my local RBL branch for member to read
Published 2 months ago by rascal
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prison Diary
A Prison Diary is a damn good book and told me about life in prison, without sensationalism and a few home truths.
Published 2 months ago by P. L. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!!!
Having put off reading the series for a number of years, I was amazed by how readable it was.
Another Archer triumph BUT it shows how utterly unfair the English justice system... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Penelope Evans
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