By Jonathan Aitken
The sequel to the best-seller satisfaction and Perjury, Porridge and fervour describes Aitken's trip from sentencing on the outdated Bailey, via his incarceration at Belmarsh felony and the numerous dramas alongside the way in which, to his eventual liberate and the beginnings of a brand new lifestyles. it's very unlikely to be detached to Jonathan Aitken. a few appreciate the way he pulled himself jointly having been convicted and imprisoned for perjury within the excessive court docket. Many others are much less inspired and stay deeply sceptical. In his sequel to his first quantity of autobiography delight and Perjury Aitken starts off his tale as he's taken down from the court and incarcerated at Her Majesty's excitement. He writes frankly of next occasions. Visited through the ever-optimistic Lord Longford, Aitken emerged from the jaws of depression a chastened guy. How this previous Etonian former cupboard Minister on Mrs Thatcher's internal circle controlled to set up new relationships and lasting friendships with fellow prisoners is attention-grabbing - so too is that this account of the way non secular trust remodeled his lifestyles and started to persuade the lifetime of others. rising from Bellmarsh criminal at some point with not anything yet a black plastic sack of garments, Aitken recounts how he was once authorized at Wycliffe corridor Oxford to learn theology and the way this reconditioned his brain in addition to his soul. Aitken has misplaced none of his attraction, fluency and backbone. yet now those are used for higher reasons. He has discovered a brand new lifestyles and intending to it. The authenticity of this new lifestyles is anything which drives him on, and which readers of this pleasing new e-book might be capable of pass judgement on for themselves.
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Work was a complete misnomer. I was one of about 30 prisoners sent to Workshop One, a factory floor space in the basement of the prison. It took the best part of an hour to get there because of the frequent head counts, recounts and body searches applied to our working party as we progressed at a snail's pace through numerous locked gates and checkpoints towards our destination.
I thought of the massed ranks of reporters and cameramen who had been outside the Old Bailey and Belmarsh. By now my sentence would not have gone unnoticed by the British public. However, it had gone unnoticed by the psychiatrist. 'I think perhaps 10 or 15 million people know I'm in prison,' was my answer to him, delivered with a wry smile. The psychiatrist did not smile back. His eyes narrowed. ' he said slowly. ' It took a few moments of explanation to unscramble that one. Then I was taken back to the cage, where we were given a cup of tea which smelt and tasted like dishwater, followed by a plastic container of rice and curry with a flavour almost indistinguishable from the tea.
Resuming my seat on the edge of the bed, I felt a slight bulge in the pocket of my prison jeans. It was caused by the pamphlet Praying the Psalms that had been returned to me in the property department some hours earlier following a discussion between the two officers as to whether it was or was not religious material. Thumbing through its pages I saw that it was a calendar-style booklet of daily readings. For 8 June it recommended Psalm 130. I did not know what the title Praying the Psalms really meant, but as soon as I read Psalm 130 its words spoke to me.