VJ Books Presents Author Jeffrey Archer!
Jeffrey Archer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kane and Abel series which was eventually adapted into a TV mini-series that won a Golden Globe award.
His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was taken up by the Literary Agent, Debbie Owen, and sold to 17 countries within a year, saving him from the brink of bankruptcy after he invested heavily in a Canadian company called Aquablast on the advice of the Bank of Boston. The company went into liquidation and three directors were later sent to jail for fraud, leaving Archer with debts of £427,727.
Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer is firmly established, with international sales passing 320 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).
In addition to Kane and Abel, he’s known for the Cliffton Chronicles and the William Warwick series. In speaking with Modern Signed Books podcast host Roger Nichols, Archer talks about how he started the Warwick series during the pandemic lockdown because he couldn’t sit and watch afternoon television all day. Set to be an eight book series, Archer has already planned for each novel to follow the rise of Warwick’s career through the ranks of the London Metropolitan Police department. Though he jokes with Nichols that it requires he continue writing the series until he is 84 years old to achieve this vision, he has no doubt that William Warwick can successfully ascend to Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. You can listen to the entire podcast episode here.
His most recent novel, Over My Dead Body, is the fourth installment in the series. Now as Detective Chief Inspector, William Warwick finds himself at the heart of three investigations in this unputdownable story of murder, revenge and betrayal.
After leaving Oxford, Archer embarked on a promising political career having been elected to the Greater London Council and three years later at the age of 29, he became a Member of Parliament. Following the Aquablast debacle, he did not seek re-election. He revived his political aspirations in 1985 becoming the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and having run a successful campaign for Mayor of London for two-and-a-half years, from 1997, Archer was selected as the official Conservative Party Candidate for London's first elected Mayor in October 1999 by an overwhelming majority. In November that same year, he withdrew his candidacy, having been charged with perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment, and was released in July 2003, having served two years.
Archer has published three volumes of his Prison Diary modeled after Dante’s Divine Comedy: Volume I, Hell, a searing account of his first three weeks in the high security prison, HMP Belmarsh; Volume II, Purgatory, set in HMP Wayland, a C category prison; and the third and final volume, Heaven, about his final transfer to an open prison.
Archer has also written an original screenplay about George Mallory, called Paths of Glory, and has also completed the screenplay to his novel, False Impression.
Archer was born in London, brought up in Somerset and was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he gained an athletics blue, and was President of the University Athletics Club.
In 1991, he was co-ordinator for the Campaign for Kurdish Relief, and he is also an amateur auctioneer, having raised more than £15 million in the last 10 years. Jeffrey Archer was made a Life Peer in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 1992.
Archer has been married for 55 years to Dame Mary Archer DBE, Chairman of The Science Museum Group. They have two sons, William and James, two grandsons and a granddaugher, and divide their time between homes in London, Cambridge and Mallorca.
You can find a signed copy of Over My Dead Body and a collection of other Jeffrey Archer signed books below.
Modern Signed Books Interview:
Jeffrey Archer Bibliography
Kane and Abel Series
Kane and Abel - 1980
- The Prodigal Daughter - 1982
- Shall We Tell the President? - 1983
Prison Diaries (non-fiction)
- Hell - Belmarsh - 2002
- Purgatory - Wayland - 2003
- Heaven - North Sea Camp - 2004
- Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less - 1976
- First Among Equals - 1984
- A Matter of Honour - 1986
- As the Crow Flies - 1991
- Honour Among Thieves - 1993
- The Fourth Estate - 1996
- The Eleventh Commandment - 1998
- Sons of Fortune - 2002
- False Impression - 2005
- A Prisoner of Birth - 2008
- Paths of Glory - 2009
- Heads You Win - November 2018
The Clifton Chronicles
- Only Time Will Tell - 2011
- The Sins of the Father - 2012
- Best Kept Secret - 2013
- Be Careful What You Wish For - 2014
- Mightier Than the Sword- 2015
- Cometh the Hour - 2016
- This Was a Man - Coming November 2016
William Warwick Novels
- Nothing Ventured - 2019
- Hidden in Plain Sight - 2020
- Turn a Blind Eye - April 2021
- Over My Dead Body - 2021
- Beyond Reasonable Doubt - 1987
- Exclusive - 1989
- The Accused - 2000
- A Quiver Full of Arrows - 1980
- A Twist in the Tale - 1989
- Fools, Knaves, and Heroes: Great Political Short Stories (editor) - 1991
- Twelve Red Herrings - 1994
- The Collected Short Stories - 1997
- To Cut a Long Story Short - 2000
- Cat O'Nine Tales - 2006
- And Thereby Hangs a Tale - 2010
- The New Collected Short Stories - 2011
- Tell Tale: Short Stories - October 2017
- The Short, the Long, and the Tall - 2020
- The First Miracle - 1980
- By Royal Appointment - 1980
- Willy Visits the Square World - 1980
- Willy and the Killer Kipper - 1981
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