A political aspirant turned author, Jeffrey Archer seems to delight in conspiracy and simple twists of fate in his fiction, even as these forces have shaped a rocky course in his own life. Misfortune led Archer to write the book that began his career, but fate seems to have smiled on his bestselling books.
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London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
Date of Birth:
April 15, 1940
Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute
|Taking a Cue from O. Henry||Serendipitous Writing|
|To Cut a Long Story Short|
Some of the tales in this aptly titled story collection are only two or three pages long, with twist endings a la one of Archer's favorite short story authors, O. Henry. They offer quick, witty bites of a talented tale plotter.
|Kane and Abel|
This popular novel explores two lives lived in perfect opposition: A high-born Bostonian and a Polish immigrant become adversaries in a dramatic, multi-generational saga that continues in sequels Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell the President? (revised to fit the saga).
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