Jeffrey Archer

The life and times of Mr Archer form a story of their own. Born in the great country of England, he rose to become not only an honorable British citizen but also a politician. His political responsibilities saw him resign after a scandal but later on return to politics. The second time round, the intrigues of politics saw him land an imprisonment term which unceremoniously ended his political career. Through all these, the author that was in him came to life and all through, he continues to thrill his readers and expand his fan-base. Born on the 15th of April 1940 in a London Hospital,he was officially named Jeffrey Howard Archer. A few weeks after birth his family moved from London to Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset. This is where he spent the better part of his early life.

Mr Archer attended Wellington School in Somerset from the year 1951. He successfully concluded his O-levels studies with focus on History, Art and English literature.Thereafter, he got a variety of jobs where he served in different capacities. At two different schools, he worked as a physical education teacher where he focused on training students in a number of sports including fencing. At some point he also underwent training with the police and army. Later on, Jeffrey Archer furthered his education to be qualified as a teacher. He achieved this after three years of training offered by Brasenose College, Oxford. However, this academic feat was not without claims that he was actually never registered as an undergraduate student in this College. Despite such claims, he thrived in the field of athletics competing for his school and later on for England as well as Great Britain.

Mr Archer’s life was not short of controversies and much speculation.During his time at Brasenose College, he received much criticism on his financial state of affairs. Most students could not understand how he was able to have houses and cars to his name yet he only worked part-time jobs as a fundraiser for the charity organization, Oxfam. This season saw him meet his future wife,Mary Weeden, who happened to be a chemistry student in the Oxford college of St Anne’s. They later on had two sons both of whom became politicians. After graduating from College, he continued his fundraising work this time for a medical charity known as The National Birthday Trust. During this period he also began his political career. Between 1967 and 1970, he served as a Councillor in the Greater London Council. He went on to become Member of Parliament for the constituency of Louth under the Conservative Party. He had an eventful political career amidst allegations of fraud and much apprehension at his ability to be a leader. At some point, he rebelled against some of his own party’s policies such as when he championed for free television licenses for the elderly citizens and when he was against the practice of imposing museum charges. Thanks to his political downsides, he later served time at Belmarsh and Wayland prisons.

Series of books by Jeffrey Archer

His first novel was written when he was thirty four years of age. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less was first published in the US and later in Britain by Deborah Owen, a literary agent. This book turned to be the silver lining in the cloud when at the brink of bankruptcy, Jeffrey Archer was able to make quite a fortune from sales.Between the early 80s and 90s this novel went on to be made into both TV and radio adaptations which were aired in BBC television and Radio 4 respectively. He progressed to write another bestseller which continued to catapult him into the limelight as an excellent novelist. This book ,Shall We Tell the President? was a thriller on the assassination plot of US President, Edward Kennedy.

These two books opened the way for the novel Kane and Abel. It captures the story of two men who despite being in different walks of life, had their paths meet thanks to fate. William Kane is born in a wealthy Boston family while the second man, Abel Rosnovski is born on the same day miles apart,to a poor gypsy in Poland. Abel moves to America through escaping to Siberia and Turkey in the height of World War I. He built his way right from the bottom to become a wealthy hotel chain owner. William’s father dies and his step-father mishandles their wealth.He is determined to bring things under control and build a name for himself as a top banker. Both of them are consumed by the desire to make it in life and discredit their critics and are fueled by hatred for the people and circumstances which made life difficult for them while growing up. When their paths eventually cross, they become enemies and each purposes to destroy the other. In 1985, CBS made Kane and Abel into a television mini-series.

The sequel to this novel is the Prodigal Daughter. It focuses on the life of Florentyna Rosnovski, the daughter of Abel Rosnovski in Abel and Kane. Sharing in her father’s ideals, she develops the dream of becoming the first US female president which she eventually becomes. Also featuring Richard Kane, the son of William Kane, this novel brings to life how the son sought to make it in life like his father. The two later fall in love unknown to them that their fathers are enemies.

Jeffrey Archer’s collection of books spans to quite a big number. Some of them have also been adapted for television series and films. He also has non-fiction books penned after his time in prison. More of his best-sellers include;-
First Among Equals
A Matter of Honor
A Twist in the Tale
As the Crow Flies
Honor Among Thieves
The fourth Estate
Sons of Fortune

Books in order of publication by series:

Kane and Abel Books

Shall We Tell the President?(1977) 
Kane and Abel(1980) 
The Prodigal Daughter(1982) 

Clifton Chronicles Books

Only Time Will Tell(2011) 
The Sins of the Father(2012) 
Best Kept Secret(2013) 
Be Careful What You Wish(2014) 
Mightier Than the Sword(2015) 
Cometh the Hour(2016) 
This Was a Man(2016) 

William Warwick Books

Nothing Ventured(2019) 

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less(1976) 
First Among Equals(1984) 
A Matter of Honour(1986) 
As the Crow Flies(1991) 
Honour Among Thieves(1993) 
The Fourth Estate(1996) 
The Eleventh Commandment(1998) 
Sons of Fortune(2002) 
False Impression(2005) 
A Prisoner of Birth(2008) 
Paths of Glory(2009) 
Heads You Win(2018) 

Short Stories/Novellas

Old Love(1990) 
The Grass is Always Greener(2000) 
It Can’t Be October Already(2017) 
A Wasted Hour(2017) 

Short Story Collections

A Quiver Full of Arrows(1980) 
A Twist in the Tale(1988) 
The Play’s the Thing(1990) 
Twelve Red Herrings(1994) 
The Collected Short Stories(1997) 
To Cut a Long Story Short(2000) 
A Collection of Short Stories(2000) 
Cat O’Nine Tales and Other Stories(2006) 
And Thereby Hangs a Tale(2010) 
The New Collected Short Stories(2011) 
Tell Tale(2017) 

Children’s Books

The First Miracle(1980) 
By Royal Appointment(1980) 
Willy Visits the Square World(1980) 
Willy and the Killer Kipper(1981) 

Prison Diary Non-Fiction Books


Non-Fiction Books

The Gospel According to Judas(2007)
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