A Prison diary volume 1: hell by jeffrey archer

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A Prison Diary is the first in a trilogy of diaries kept by Jeffrey Archer during his time in prison. The title of each book in the series is the nickname of the prison he was in, the first one being 'Hell'.

Archer's diary provides a very transparent narrative of prison life and the corruption that goes on between both prisoners and the people in power. He tells the stories of other prisoners he met, from murderers to those simply locked up for a traffic violation, all housed in the same unit, and free to interact (which is a major issue in correctional facilities). Some stories include family lives, recounts of the crimes committed and an in depth view into the underground drug trade.

The book was quite clinically written, yet with very emotional undertones, which to me seems to align with the prisoners' demeanor, really engaging the reader.

This must be my favourite prison memoir yet. It is the first book I have read by Jeffrey Archer, and I loved his writing, wittiness and bluntness.  A fascinating read.

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