Jeffrey Archer

One of the first grown up novels I read was Kane and Abel, written by Jeffrey Archer. Recommended by a school friend, the book had me hooked and then I found myself looking for all of Jeffrey Archer’s works.

Jeffrey Archer, a British writer and retired politician has so far written more than 35 books including his prison diaries and collection of short stories. His first book was Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less written in 1974. It was followed by Kane and Abel which was his first best-selling book.

Kane and Abel has been one of the highest selling books in the world. It is a three-part series with its sequels named The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell the President. Kane and Abel is about two men, William Kane and Abel Rosnovski, two men from very different backgrounds working hard to be successful on their own terms. The second part, The Prodigal Daughter follows Abel’s daughter Florentyna and Kane’s son Richard.

In 2011, he published the first book, Only Time Will Tell, in his seven part series, The Clifton Chronicles. The series follows the life of Harry Clifton from his childhood to his death in the final book, This Was a Man which was published in 2016.

Although I love most of his books, I liked Paths of Glory a little more than others. It is a novel inspired by George Mallory, a mountaineer in the 1920s who died attempting to climb Mount Everest. It is a story of perseverance and following one’s dreams.

Jeffrey Archer’s life has not been without its share of controversies but his books are page-turners. His stint as a politician was marred with allegations of fraud and he has also served time in jail. He wrote A Prison Diary in three volumes about his time in prison.

My favourites among his works are The Prodigal Daughter, Twelve Red Herrings and The Clifton Chronicles.

This post is a part of #BlogchatterAtoZ 2023.

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