Jeffrey Archer

Bestselling novelist, disgraced former Conservative Party chairman, and convicted for perjury and conspiracy.

Jeffrey Archer

Biography

Date of birth: 15 April 1940

Jeffrey Archer's hugely successful writing career began after a five-year spell as an MP which was ended by a financial scandal, leaving him nearly bankrupt. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less , was a huge success and saved Archer from further money trouble. His continued popularity as an author led to financial stability, particularly with Kane and Abel reaching number one in The New York Times bestseller list. This allowed him to return to politics as deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in 1985, despite Margaret Thatcher being warned that Archer was ‘an accident waiting to happen’. A prostitution scandal in 1986 forced him to resign from political life once again, but Archer sued the Daily Star, won the case, and was paid damages of £500,000.

Archer's career went from strength to strength, eventually being chosen as the Conservative candidate for the Mayor of London, but new evidence from the prostitution legal case surfaced which eventually proved that he committed perjury during the original trial. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but served only two of them. He published three volumes of bestselling diaries based on his prison experiences, Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.

The perjury case destroyed his career in politics, but he continues to write popular novels--he's sold over 250 million copies worldwide. His latest series is the Clifton Chronicles, a seven-part saga beginning with Only Time Will Tell.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

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Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross...
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Be Careful What You Wish For - The Clifton Chronicles (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 28/08/2014
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Best Kept Secret: Book Three of the Clifton Chronicles - The Clifton Chronicles 3

Best Kept Secret: Book Three of the Clifton Chronicles - The Clifton Chronicles 3 (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 29/08/2013
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1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding... Read more

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Shall We Tell the President

Shall We Tell the President (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 29/08/2013
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6 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes to go ...At the end of The Prodigal Daughter, Florentyna Kane is elected President - the first woman President of... Read more

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Kane and Abel

Kane and Abel (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 16/10/2009
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They had only one thing in common...William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish... Read more

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Prodigal Daughter

Prodigal Daughter (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 05/11/2010
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Hers was the ultimate ambition ...The magnificent story of love and politics that continues the saga of Kane and Abel. The titanic battle between... Read more

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Only Time Will Tell - The Clifton Chronicles 1

Only Time Will Tell - The Clifton Chronicles 1 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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"The Clifton Chronicles" is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author. The epic tale... Read more

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The Sins of the Father - The Clifton Chronicles 2

The Sins of the Father - The Clifton Chronicles 2 (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 13/09/2012
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New York, 1939. Tom Bradshaw is arrested for first degree murder. He stands accused of killing his brother. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan... Read more

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Be Careful What You Wish for - The Clifton Chronicles 4 (Hardback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Hardback 400 pages
Published: 13/03/2014
Publisher: Macmillan

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Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been... Read more

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Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 13/09/2012
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One million dollars - that's what Harvey Metcalfe, lifelong king of shady deals, has pulled off with empty promises of an oil bonanza and... Read more

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First Among Equals

First Among Equals (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 14/03/2013
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In the 1960s, four ambitious new MPs take their seats at Westminster. Over three decades they share the turbulent passions and upheavals of the race... Read more

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A Matter of Honour

A Matter of Honour (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 02/08/2012
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Adam Scott listens to the reading of his father's will, aware that the contents can only be meagre. The Colonel, after all, had nothing to leave... Read more

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As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 05/11/2010
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If your dream is big enough, not even your enemies can stop you ...Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales... Read more

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Honour Among Thieves

Honour Among Thieves (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 05/11/2010
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Who would pay a billion dollars to humiliate America? The time, 1993. The place, Washington DC. Of the adversaries in the Gulf War, the sole... Read more

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The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 05/11/2010
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The world's most powerful newspaper barons - which of them will triumph? At first glance, Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend seemed to have... Read more

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The Eleventh Commandment

The Eleventh Commandment (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 05/11/2010
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Connor Fitzgerald is the professional's professional. Holder of the Medal of Honour. Devoted family man. The CIA's most deadly weapon. But... Read more

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Sons of Fortune

Sons of Fortune (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 608 pages
Published: 14/03/2013
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In the late 1940s in Hartford, Connecticut a set of twins is parted at birth. Nat Cartwright goes home with his parents, a schoolteacher and an... Read more

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False Impression

False Impression (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Jeffrey Archer, one of the greatest popular novelists of our generation, delivers a truly page-turning thriller. When an aristocratic old lady is... Read more

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Prisoner of Birth

Prisoner of Birth (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 624 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his... Read more

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Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 18/09/2009
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This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to... Read more

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A Prison Diary: Vol. 1: Belmarsh: Hell - The Prison Diaries 1

A Prison Diary: Vol. 1: Belmarsh: Hell - The Prison Diaries 1 (Paperback)

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 24/07/2003
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'The sun is shining through the bars of my window on what must be a glorious summer day. I've been incarcerated in a cell five paces by... Read more

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Prison Diary 2: Wayland - Purgatory - The Prison Diaries 2

Prison Diary 2: Wayland - Purgatory - The Prison Diaries 2 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 624 pages
Published: 02/07/2004
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On 9th August 2001, twenty-two days after Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury, he was transferred from HMP Belmarsh, a... Read more

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Prison Diary 3 - The Prison Diaries 3 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 01/04/2005
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Day 115 Saturday 10th November 2001 6.38am It's all an act. I am hopelessly unhappy, dejected and broken. I smile when I am at my lowest, I... Read more

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