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Jeffery Archer

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1 Jeffery Archer on Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:33 pm


One of the most awesome author I have come across! His books have always grasped me by the throat and I've been in a trance whenever I have read his books. I got so fascinated by his writing that I bought some 7 books of his in one go. I've finished reading 4 of them. And I recently bought some 2 more of his books. It's when I have extra Pocket money, that it gets spent on his books. Here is a little about him --->

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power.

Jeffrey Howard Archer was born in the City of London Maternity Hospital. He was two weeks old when his family moved to the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, where he spent most of his early life. His father, William, was sixty-four when Archer was born. He died when Archer was fifteen. In 1951, he won a scholarship to Wellington School, in Somerset (not to be confused with the public school Wellington College, which is possible from the ambiguous biography in Archer's earlier books). At this time his mother, Lola, contributed a column "Over the teacups" to the local press in Weston-super-Mare and wrote about the adventures of her son 'Tuppence'; this caused Archer to be the victim of bullying while at Wellington School.

After Archer left school passing O-levels in English Literature, Art, and History, he worked in a number of jobs, including training with the army and for the police. This lasted only for a few months, but he fared better as a Physical Education teacher; first at Vicar's Hill School in Hampshire, and later at the more prestigious Dover College in Kent. As a teacher he was popular with pupils and reported by some to have had good motivational skills.

After leaving Oxford, he continued as a charity fundraiser, working for the National Birthday Trust, a medical charity. He also began a career in politics, serving as a Conservative councillor on the Greater London Council from 1967-1970.

One organisation Archer worked for, the United Nations Association, alleged discrepancies in his claims for expenses, and details appeared in the press in a scrambled form. Archer brought a defamation action against the former Conservative member of parliament Humphry Berkeley, chairman of the UNA, as the source of the allegations. The case was settled out of court after three years. Berkeley tried to persuade Conservative Central Office that Archer was unsuitable as a parliamentary candidate, but a selection meeting at Louth disregarded any doubts.

Archer set up his own fund-raising company, Arrow Enterprises, in 1969. That same year he opened an art gallery, the Archer Gallery, in Mayfair. The gallery specialised in modern art, including pieces by the acclaimed sculptor and painter Leon Underwood. The gallery ultimately lost money, however, and Archer sold it two years later.

List of works

Kane and Abel series

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

Prison diaries

* 1. Hell - Belmarsh (2002)
* 2. Purgatory - Wayland (2003)
* 3. Heaven - North Sea Camp (2004)

Other 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 (2003)
* False Impression (2006)
* The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot With Francis J. Moloney (2007)
* A Prisoner of Birth (2008)
* Paths of Glory (2009)


* Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1987)
* Exclusive (1989)
* The Accused (2000)

Short stories/Collections

* A Quiver Full of Arrows (1980)
* A Twist in the Tale (1989)
* Twelve Red Herrings (1994)
* The Collected Short Stories (1997)
* To Cut a Long Story Short (2000)
* Cat O'Nine Tales (2006)
* And Thereby Hangs a Tale (2010)

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2 Re: Jeffery Archer on Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:56 pm


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Aceviper wrote:
One organisation Archer worked for, the United Nations Association...

United Nations Association? Are you sure you don't mean United Nation Organization? Coz I have never heard of UNA. What's the difference between these two if UNA indeed exists?

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3 Re: Jeffery Archer on Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:09 pm


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I've Read Prisoner Of Birth, it has a good storyline, but i havnt read the others,

though they are on my pending list Cool

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4 Re: Jeffery Archer on Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:27 am


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Mhmm..I was rather disappointed with Kane and Abel. Though I only read the recently revised one ( I have a signed copy!!! xD) I thought the ending was pretty bad, and very bollywood....with an aweful lot of s *ahem* ex... He's probably not as perverted as robert ludlum though...oh well..
Other than that..his short stories are good....really good actually. Cat 'o nine tales has pretty good stories..
Not a Penny more, not a penny less..amazing, amazing x100 book...I'd recommend it (:

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5 Re: Jeffery Archer on Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:35 pm


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A Matter of Honour is outstanding....
I will be reading A Prisoner Of Birth soon....(hopefully)
Archer was in the city a few months back(during the World Cup)....and I missed it!!!

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6 Re: Jeffery Archer on Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:22 pm


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Xhizors wrote:Jeffrey Archer is bad. He is worse than Stephen King but not as bad as Dan Brown.

Oye! What makes you say King and Brown are bad?

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7 Re: Jeffery Archer on Tue May 31, 2011 6:54 pm


I have met Jeffrey Archer in person. He was in Delhi to promote his latest book "Only time will tell"...he's a really humble human being and a meeting him was a terrific experience. I treasure my autographed copy of "Only time will tell" with pride Smile

My favourite book by Jeffrey Archer is Paths of Glory.

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