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Jeffrey Archer's mastery of characterization and "white-knuckle" suspense, combined with a gift for the ingenious plot twist, demonstrate why he is one of Britain's best-selling authors. In this collection of audiobooks, a fine cast offers readings of some of the master storyteller's most spellbinding work.

As the crow flies, it's only a few short miles from the poverty of Whitechapel to Chelsea Terrace where Trumper's, the world's largest department store, will have...

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Overview

Jeffrey Archer's mastery of characterization and "white-knuckle" suspense, combined with a gift for the ingenious plot twist, demonstrate why he is one of Britain's best-selling authors. In this collection of audiobooks, a fine cast offers readings of some of the master storyteller's most spellbinding work.

As the crow flies, it's only a few short miles from the poverty of Whitechapel to Chelsea Terrace where Trumper's, the world's largest department store, will have its beginnings. But for Charlie Trumper, the distance will be an epic journey that carries him across three continents and through the triumphs and disasters of the 20th century.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A certified page-turner.” — Daily News (New York)

“Archer...has an extraordinary talent for turning notoriety into gold, and telling fast-moving stories.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061099342
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 789
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

Biography

Few contemporary writers can lay claim to as many career highs and lows as Jeffrey Archer -- bestselling novelist, disgraced politician, British peer, convicted perjurer, and former jailbird. And whether you view his misfortunes as bad luck or well-deserved comeuppance depends largely on how you feel about this gregarious, fast-talking force of nature.

Born in London and raised in Somerset, Archer attended Wellington School and worked at a succession of jobs before being hired to teach Physical Education at Dover College. He gained admission to Brasenose College at Oxford, where he distinguished himself as a first-class sprinter and a tireless promoter, famously inveigling the Beatles into supporting a fundraising drive he spearheaded on behalf of the then-obscure charity Oxfam.

After leaving Oxford, Archer continued work as a fundraiser and ran successfully for political office. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1969 but was forced to step down in 1974 when he lost his fortune in a fraudulent investment scheme. He turned to writing in order to stave off bankruptcy. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was published in 1976 and became an instant hit. It was followed, in quick succession, by a string of bestsellers, including his most famous novel, Kane and Abel (1979), which was subsequently turned into a blockbuster CBS-TV miniseries.

On the strength of his literary celebrity, Archer revived his political career in 1985, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The following year he was forced to resign over a scandal involving payment to a London prostitute. (He admitted paying the money, but denied vehemently that it was for sex.) In 1987, he sued a British tabloid for libel and was awarded damages in the amount of 500,000 pounds.

Despite the adverse publicity, Queen Elizabeth (acting on the advice of Prime Minister John Major) awarded Archer a life peerage in 1992. The Conservative Party selected him to run for Mayor of London in the 2000 election, but he withdrew from the race when perjury charges were brought against him in the matter of the 1987 libel trial. In 2001, he was convicted and served half of a four-year prison term. (He turned the experience into three bestselling volumes of memoir!) Since his release, Lord Archer has expressed no interest in returning to public office, choosing instead to concentrate on charity work and on his writing career.

Controversy has dogged Archer most of his adult life. Claims still circulate that he falsified his paperwork to gain entrance to Oxford; and, at various other times, he has been accused of shoplifting, padding expenses, insider trading, misappropriation of funds, and financing a failed coup d'état against a foreign government. Needless to say, all this has kept him squarely in the sights of the British tabloids.

Yet, for all the salacious headlines and in spite of lukewarm reviews, Archer remains one of Britain's most popular novelists. His books will never be classified as great literature, but his writing is workmanlike and he has never lost his flair for storytelling. In addition to his novels, he has also written short stories and plays. Clearly, in "art," as in life, Jeffrey Archer has proved himself an affable survivor.

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Archer was once a competitive runner and represented Great Britain in international competition.

Regarding the sex scandal that ultimately landed her husband in prison, Lady Mary Archer, the author's wife of 35 years, told reporters that she was "cross" with her husband but that "we are all human and Jeffrey manages to be more human than most. I believe his virtues and talents are also on a larger scale."

The prison where Archer was transferred for carrying out his perjury sentence in October 2001 is a "low security" jail on the Lincolnshire coast, a facility known for raising high-quality pork. According to one authority, "It is considered to be a cushy little place."

After his "fall from grace," Archer counted former Conservative PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major among his many loyal supporters.

In the 1980s, Archer and his wife, Mary, purchased the Old Vicarage, Grantchester, a house associated with the poet Rupert Brooke.
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    1. Hometown:
      London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1940
    1. Education:
      Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    I absolutely loved the book!! However, I read this as an e-book

    I absolutely loved the book!! However, I read this as an e-book on my nook, and none of the hand-written letters were readable! These were a very important item.
    Please, please to authors/publishers that use images like letters, maps, etc in a novel - take the time to format them properly for the e-book format!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    Another masterpiece by Jeffrey Archer. Sublime in every detail.

    Wow! What a masterpiece again by a best selling author. I love how the author turns his main character, Charlie Trumper, from a poor lad into one of England's finest. There are many twists and turns as the plot thickens and the reader is held enthralled with this masterpiece.
    The characters, in turn, are dealt with their own personal story and entwines with the other characters in the book. By relating the personal accounts of each character, the readers gain knowledge and insight to each person.
    Another page turning book. You will find yourself completely absorbed in the plot as Charlie Trumper goes through his life with disappointments, triumphs, agonizing wins and losses, and love. He gathers many friends and has to overcome the Trentham family, a relessness foe. In the end, Charlie is only the person he was before his many fine accomplishments.
    I recommend this book to be one of the finest pieces I have yet to read, from the archives of the great story teller, Jeffrey Archer.


    Cherry Blossom

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Must read!

    This was the first Jeffrey Archer book I ever read, and it was absolutely wonderful! Got me hooked, and I have read everything he has written! He is a brilliant storyteller! You will enjoy this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Wonderful story told by one of the Masters!

    If you enjoy a good story, set in England during the early to mid 20th Century, you will love this book. Jeffrey Archer is a master story teller and, "As The Crow Flies" is a delightful story filled with enough surprise and intrigue to keep you turning the pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    One of Jeffrey Archers best books and totally different from any other he has written. Both my husband and I have read this so many times over the years and now I have decided to put it on my Nook where it cannot disintegrate from too much reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    Read this book, you wont be disappointed.

    I loved how this book speaks to The Great American Dream! Jeffrey Archer is a great page turning storyteller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Charlie Trumper -- Entrepreneur

    Charlie Trumper -- Entrepreneur Charlie Trumper learned his Granpa¿s pitch before he could talk. Little Charlie grew up listening to his Granpa¿s cockney accent as he sold fruit and vegetables from a barrow in Whitechapel Road. And according to locals the old man was the finest trader in the East End of London. Charlie learned from his Granpa and eventually bargained for and bought his own barrow. But before he had time to show it off to the old man, Granpa Trumper was dead. Charlie took over the stand and after an early struggle, he learned and began to function as his Granpa had and became known as Charlie Trumper the honest trader. With the idea of expanding the business, the young man began making home deliveries. A tragic death in the Salmon family gave Charlie his first business outside his barrow and pitch. The surviving daughter, Rebecca Salmon, had noticed Charlie¿s reputation and asked young Trumper to come in as a partner and operate the Salmon family bakery. Charlie knew nothing about the bakery business, but within a few weeks he learned the basics and took charge. World War I came along and feeling it was his duty Charlie joined up and spent some harrowing months on the battlefield. When the war was over Charlie had no idea what to expect when he got back to Whitechapel, whether his partner had saved a place for him or not. But he soon learned that Rebecca Salmon had indeed saved his place, but moved from Whitechapel to Chelsea and exchanged the bakery for a grocery store. Charlie Trumpers integrity and hard work never let him down and the business flourished. Charlie and Rebecca eventually married and the two of them worked toward a common goal building on the foundation they had already established. They kept an eye on local business affairs and as stores and shops became available along their block they bought them up one by one until they owned every business on the block. Charlie¿s reputation as an honest trader pulled him through some hard times even as the business continued to grow. However, before his grand dream could see the light of day Charlie had to convince banks, finance companies and investors to take a stake in his plan to build the ¿biggest barrow¿ in the world. Charlie and Rebecca¿s plans grow far beyond early expectations and even as they are invited to wine and dine with top business leaders and royalty they never lose sight of their humble beginnings and understand that the distance between Whitechapel and Chelsea is only a couple of miles ¿ as the crow flies. Archer is a great storyteller and this is one of his best. Tom Barnes author of `The Goring Collection,¿ `Doc Holliday¿s Road to Tombstone,¿ `The Hurricane Hunters and Lost in the Bermuda Triangle.¿

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    Just a Good Story

    A paperback with almost 800 pages I thought it would be too long and boring, but it wasn't. Good storyline and great characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Nothing short of brilliant

    Besides Kane and Abel I would say that this is probably one of the best Archer novels yet.Not only is the story very gripping, the style of its presentation is commendable.The shady characters such as Mrs. Trentham are very memorable and realistic.The second half of the novel is very turbulent and somewhat resembles a Hindi film. Nevertheless it is very gripping and entertaining as well.All in all a smashing good read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Couldnt get enough

    Waiting for a sequel to this. Loved loved this book

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Loved it, thanks Mom for the recommendation!

    I was waiting on starting my new book before vacation and lamenting the fact that I had just finished a book and would have nothing to read for 3 days. My mom recommended what she called "oldies but goodies" by Jeffrey Archer. She mentioned "As the Crow Flies" as one of her favorites. I was not disappointed. The story flows through time and unwinds via the eyes of 4 or 5 main characters. Each chapter reveals another thread of the plot. I will be uploading more of Mr. Archer's books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    You have got to read this before you read your last book

    This is one of those must read books that kept me well beyond my bedtime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    A favorite book

    Loved this book, I have three all time favorite books, and this was one of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    great read!

    Twists and turns all come together to create a great book!

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Fantastic!

    This was beautifully written, extremely entertaining novel. So sad to read the last page!

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Great book

    The characters were very well developed and I enjoyed following them as that grew and matured.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Read the first page.......you're hooked!!!

    I always keep a copy of this book around, and pick up copies at garage sales for friends who are going through a rough time. I promise that the moment they begin this book, they will be hooked and won't be able to put it down. My friends have never, ever been disappointed with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    My Favourite Archer Book

    Archer's books are formula, but exciting none the less. When Charlie Trumper inherits his grandfather's fruit and vegetable barrow, he inherits as well his enterprising spirit, which quickly lifts him out of poverty in London's East End. Success, however, does not come easily or quickly, particularly when World War I sends Charlie into combat and into an ongoing struggle with a vengeful enemy who will not rest until Charlie is destroyed. Charlie Trumper's epic journey carries him across three continents and through the triumphs and disasters of the twentieth century, all leading toward the fulfillment of his greatest dream.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2002

    Read this one til the pages frayed!

    This was a book i could not put down all ten times I read it! I has enough mystery and romance to make all happy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    the biggest barrow in the world

    An excellent read. The master of ficton once again offers a non-put-downable tale of the life of a young Charlie Trumper. Characters are excellently developed and this is shown in his diary like style at the start of each paragraph.Brilliant-read this book.

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