Pete Doherty’s prison diary and journal for sale priced at over £4,000 each

London-based book seller Peter Harrington has Doherty's notes dating back to 2003

Pete Doherty’s journal and notebook from his time in prison are being sold by a rare book seller in London.

Priced at £4,250 and £4,750 respectively, the books are said to contain handwritten excerpts and drafts of Doherty’s planned autobiographical novel The Lonely Villein, notes, song lyrics, illustrations and photos.

Dating back to 2003, the journal was written in Wandsworth Prison and contains 33 pages of handwritten notes and drawings made by Pete Doherty while he served time for breaking into bandmate Carl Barât’s flat. Early lyrics for Babyshambles songs ‘Curtain Call’ and ‘The Man Who Came To Stay’ are included as too is a drawing of two prisoners sharing a cell captioned “I Love Heroin”.


The notebook, meanwhile, includes handwritten lyrics and guitar chords for Libertines songs including ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, ‘The Ha Ha Wall’, ‘Through The Looking Glass’, ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ and ‘At The Flophouse’.

The notebook is said to have been used as a guest book for the band and contains messages by English, Dutch and French friends and fans. It also contains various clippings and photos of Doherty plus concert security wristbands from the time.


A loose page inserted in the back of the cover also sees Doherty pondering how his life will change when The Libertines received their first coverage in NME in May 2002.

Pom Harrington of book seller Peter Harrington says, “Both the prison journal and the notebook are extremely interesting and except for minor soiling they are both in excellent condition. They give a deep insight into the inner thoughts and life of Pete Doherty and will appeal to Pete Doherty and The Libertines’ fans as well as anyone connected with the music industry and especially those interested in songwriting.”