Peter Jm-Wayne

Porridge and privilege

A Prison Diary, Volume II: Purgatory
by Jeffrey Archer
Pan, £6.99, pp. 310, ISBN 0330426370

A Prison Diary, Volume III: Heaven
by Jeffrey Archer
Macmillan, £18.99, pp. 478, ISBN 1405032626

In an extraordinary fax to the Director-General of the Prison Service, Martin Narey, the Home Secretary David Blunkett set down his feelings in an unequivocally forthright manner:

I am sick and tired of reading Jeffrey Archer stories about the cushy conditions in which he was placed, the freedom he has been given, the opportunity to do anything he likes, and the snook he is cocking at all of us.

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