On July 19, 2001, following a conviction for perjury, international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison. A Prison Diary, Purgatory and Heaven are the memoirs of his life as Prisoner FF8282–from the first three weeks of his incarceration, which he spent at the notorious high-security prison HMP Belmarsh, home to murderers, terrorists and some of Britain’s most violent criminals; to his transfer to a medium-security prison, where he continued to experience the degradations of the overstretched prison system and witness the spirit and courage of his fellow inmates; and finally to his eventual release on parole. The books present a harsh critique of the British prison system and rare insight into the lives of prisoners.
Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and twenty-four years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Only Time Will Tell, and Kane and Abel—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.