Jeffrey Archer

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

Jeffrey Archer

He was successful in university athletics and briefly represented Great Britain at running.

Archer married Mary Weeden in 1966, and the next year he entered politics with a seat on the Greater London council.

In 1969 he won a by-election for the Conservatives, but five years later he was forced to resign when he was declared bankrupt, after a fraudulent firm, in which he had invested, went bust.

In 1976 Archer published his first novel; Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less which was not appreciated by the critics, but sold extremely well, as have his other novels, from which he has made a fortune. He has also written a play, The Accused, which starred himself.

In 1985, he was appointed deputy chairman of the Conservative party. Then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was warned he was "an accident waiting to happen". In 1986 he resigned after it was reported that he paid for sex with a prostitute. However, he sued and was awarded £500,000 in damages. He was awarded a peerage in June 1992. In 2001, he was jailed for four years after being found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice. He subsequently published two volumes of bestselling diaries based on his prison experiences.

Fact file

Education: Attended a private school in Somerset. Archer gained a diploma from Oxford department of education, but it is alleged that he gave false academic qualifications to get on the course.

Date of birth: 1940

Place of birth: London

Current home: Cambridge

Similar Authors: Ken Follett, Michael Dobbs

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