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Jeffrey Archer persuaded prisoners to open their hearts to him and then wrote prurient nonsense that will not advance the cause of reform, says the Prospect prisoner

By Peter Wayne   December 2002

Book: A Prison DiaryVOL 1: Belmarsh Hell Author: FF8282 (Macmillan, ?14.99) 

Four days before the end of Jeffrey Archer’s trial for perjury, I was visiting the Royal Academy’s summer show and, by chance, I bumped into him. He was standing at the top of the grand entrance staircase-no fans, no minders, no Mary anywhere to be seen. He appeared at first glance to be his usual confident self: straight-backed, chin up, the famous crew cut glistened, his necktie was flawlessly knotted and his suit looked as pristine as the day it left Savile Row. I tapped him gently on the…

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