lg-diaryOn July 19, 2001, following a conviction for perjury, Jeffrey was sentenced to four years in prison. Prisoner FF8282, as he was known, spent the first three weeks in the notorious HMP Belmarsh, a high-security prison in South London, home to murderers, terrorists and some of Britain’s most violent criminals.

On the last day of the trial, his mother dies, and the world’s press accompany him to the funeral. On returning to prison, he’s placed on the lifer’s wing, where a cellmate sells his story to the tabloids. Prisoners and guards routinely line up outside his cell to ask for his autograph, to write letters, and to seek advice on their appeals.

For 22 days, Jeffrey was locked in a cell with a murderer and a drug baron. He decided to use that time to write an hour-by-hour diary, detailing the worst three weeks of his life.

When A Prison Diary was published in England, it was condemned by the prison authorities and praised by the critics. Most recently, all three books have been released by PanMacmillan in an omnibus edition (pictured above). Follow the links below to learn more about these truly remarkable diaries:

http://jeffreyarcher.myzen.co.uk/j/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/prison1.jpg A Prison Diary, Heaven, Volume III
Jeffrey's final volume in his trilogy of prison diaries covers the period of his transfer from a medium security prison, HMP Wayland, to his eventual release on parole in July 2003 [...]

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http://jeffreyarcher.myzen.co.uk/j/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/prison2.jpg A Prison Diary, Purgatory, Volume II
On August 9, 2001, 22 days after Jeffrey -- now known as Prisoner FF8282 -- was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury, he was transferred from a maximum security prison in London to HMP Wayland [...]

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http://jeffreyarcher.myzen.co.uk/j/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/prison3.jpg A Prison Diary, Hell, Volume I
DAY 5 MONDAY 23 JULY 2001 5.53AM '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 twelve and a half hours [...]

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