The story of a poor barrow boy, born in 1900, who rises to become the founder of Britain's first and most prestigious department store and a member of the peerage.
Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.Back in London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle's first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storyteller's talent as never before - when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.
Jeffrey Archer's mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues...1945, London. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father's office on the night he was killed. When the general election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, who ultimately influences his uncle's fate.In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family marches onto the page. But after Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret, the third volume in Jeffrey Archer's bestselling series, will answer all these questions but, once again, pose so many more.
Cat o'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer's trademark of deliciously unexpected conclusions, this new collection has the added bonus of thirteen charming illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist Ronald Searle. Some of these twelve stories were inspired by the two years Jeffrey Archer spent in prison, including the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg---with unexpected consequences. "The Red King" is a tale about a con man who discovers that an English lord requires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune. In another tale of deception, "The Commissioner," a Bombay con artist ends up in the morgue after he uses the police chief as bait in his latest scam. "The Perfect Murder" reveals how a convict manages to remove an old enemy while he's locked up in jail, and then set up two prison officers as his alibi In "Charity Begins at Home," an accountant realizes he has achieved nothing in his life, and sets out to make a fortune before he retires. And then there is Archer's favorite, "In the Eye of the Beholder," in which a handsome star athlete falls in love with a three-hundred-pound woman . . . who happens to be the ninth-richest woman in Italy. Jeffrey Archer is the only author to have topped international bestseller lists with his fiction, nonfiction, and short stories. Cat o'Nine Tales is Archer at his best: witty, poignant, sad, surprising, and unforgettable.
Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy? Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who's in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot. Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian's rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings. Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book,Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated. Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels - all of which hit theNew York Times bestseller list - showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.
Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who's in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian's rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings. Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels - which were all New York Times bestsellers - showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.
Connor CIA assassin. Days before his retirement from the company, comes face-to-face with an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle!
Why did a young woman steal a priceless Van Gogh painting? Why was an Olympic gymnast paid a million dollars when she didn't have a bank account? Why was an honors student working as a temporary secretary after inheriting a fortune? Why was an English countess willing to kill the banker, the lawyer and the gymnast?
From the book jacket. "From one of the world's greatest storytellers, Jeffrey Archer, and featuring illustrations from renowned British artist Craigie Aitchison, here is a Christmas treasure to delight children of all ages--one in which the story of the Nativity takes an unexpected turn." [Note to readers. All paintings are described.] "In the forty-third year of the reign of the Emperor Augustus Caesar, ruler of half the known world, a mischievous thirteen-year-old Roman boy is sent on an errand by his mother. On the way he encounters all the usual sights and sounds of village life in Judaea. But that evening Bethlehem is even more crowded than usual, since his father, the governor of the province, has ordered a census so he can tax all the emperor's subjects. Then the boy comes across a sight he will never forget--a man and his pregnant wife are being turned away from an inn, and are preparing to spend the night in a stable....With a marvelous final double twist that could have come only from the pen of Jeffrey Archer, The First Miracle is destined to take its place beside Dickens's A Christmas Carol and Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales as, classic of the season. JEFFREY ARCHER is one of England's most leading political figures and one of the world's most successful writers. All of his story collections and novels from 1974's Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to 1994's Twelve Red Herrings--have been international bestsellers. CRAIGIE AITCHISON is one of Britain's most celebrated artists. He is a Royal Academician and his highly sought- after paintings appear in numerous public and private collections."
This novel explores the lives and careers of Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend--incredibly rich, incredibly ruthless and the biggest newspaper barons in the world.
EL GRAN BESTSELLER DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS Florentina Rosnovski es polaca y tiene voluntad de acero. Comparte con Abel, su padre, un amor desmedido por Estados Unidos, sus ideales y el sueño americano. Pero quiere más: convertirse en la primera presidenta de Estados Unidos.Richard Kane es un niño bien, nació rodeado de lujos. Vástago de un magnate banquero, es guapo y está decidido a abrirse paso por sí mismo en el mundo y a construirse un futuro al lado de la mujer que ama.Justo cuando el sueño de Florentina está por concretarse, ambos descubren el despiadado precio que tienen que pagar por el poder. Una titánica batalla de traición y decepción emerge del pasado: un feudo de sangre entre dos generaciones amenaza con destruir todo aquello por lo que Florentina y Richard han luchado en la vida.
El joven Danny Cartwright ha sido injustamente condenado por un crimen que no cometió. Desde su ingreso en prisión, el afán por recuperar la libertad y vengarse de quienes han provocado su encarcelamiento le lleva a idear un ingenioso plan para escapar.Una novela llena de giros inesperados y con un final sorprendente con la que Jeffrey Archer se confirma como uno de los maestros de la novela de intriga contemporánea.«Astutos argumentos, estilo refinado.»The New York Times«Uno de los diez mejores narradores del mundo.»Los Angeles Times
William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.Over sixty years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have...
Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in Siberia. Babakov's crime? Writing a book called Uncle Joe, a devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin. So determined is Harry to see Babakov released and the book published, that he puts his own life in danger.His wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign, and Lady Virginia Fenwick will stop at nothing to cause Emma's downfall.Sir Giles Barrington is now a minister of the Crown, and looks set for even higher office, until an official trip to Berlin does not end as a diplomatic success. Once again, Giles's political career is thrown off balance by none other than his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher, who once again stands against him at the election. But who wins this time?In London, Harry and Emma's son, Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing's Bank in London, and has proposed to the beautiful young American, Samantha. But the despicable Adrian Sloane, a man interested only in his own advancement and the ruin of Sebastian, will stop at nothing to remove his rival.Jeffrey Archer's compelling Clifton Chronicles continue in this, his most accomplished novel to date. With all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the world's most popular authors, the spellbinding story of the Clifton and the Barrington families continues.
What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they've all been swindled out of every cent they had by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud.<P> They haven't a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they? This is Jeffrey Archer's first novel, an intricate tale of deceit, dishonor, and sweet revenge.
From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again.As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?This introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.
If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. Danny is sentenced to 22 years and sent to Belmarsh Prison, from where no inmate has ever escaped. The four witnesses all underestimate Danny's determination to seek revenge...
Here is a novel destined to become the smash best seller of the year- an absorbing, engrossing, sheerly gratifying book. Millions of readers found these qualities in the longest running best seller of 1979, Jeffrey Archer's Kane & Abel, a panoramic tale of the titanic battle between two men obsessed with destroying each other. Now the story continues into the next generation. The novel begins in 1934, in the rich territory of Kane & Abel, when a daughter is born to the once penniless immigrant Abel Rosnovski, now a hotel baron. Her name is Florentyna, and even in her early years it is clear to those around her-proud father, bemused mother, formidable English governess-that she is a girl of unusual spirit and indomitable will: her beauty, intellect, and precocity all signal the growth of a woman whose future knows no bounds. But with her maturity come independence and passion; no one could have foretold the fateful irony that throws Florentyna into the path of Richard Kane, the son of her father's arch-rival. Florentyna's courage is tested for the first time in the painful crucible of an irreparable family quarrel; and when she follows her heart, marrying Richard Kane and plunging herself and him into poverty, she emerges-stronger, more capable than ever-The Prodigal Daughter. So Florentyna and Richard must begin life anew, loving each other as passionately as their fathers hate each other, determined to climb again to the top. This they do, coming full circle, when their fathers die, to wed the Kane and Rosnovski financial empires. But great as Florentyna's satisfaction has been-in her marriage, in her children, in her business success- she discovers in herself an ambition that outstrips even her father's. And so she redeems a promise she made Abel when she was a child, when she insisted that a woman could indeed run for President in the twentieth century. ... To readers of Kane&Abel, The Prodigal Daughter will be a joyous extension of a favorite world; while readers new to Jeffrey Archer will discover a novel that stands alone as a spellbinding experience. For seldom has there been a heroine of such charismatic strength and charm, and never before has Archer's unique gift of capturing the twists and ironies of fate, his insights into the ambitions and passions of his characters, been more acute. The Prodigal Daughter confirms Mr. Archer's genius as a storyteller.
from inside dust jacket flaps: Jeffrey Archer is, of course, best known as the author of the Number 1 best sellers The Prodigal Daughter and Kane and Abel. Now Mr. Archer has turned his famous talents--his gift for inventive plotting, his acute eye for character and his ability to weave a tale of compelling readability--to the short-story form. The result is this collection of eleven narrative gems. Taken together, these stories attest to a dazzling versatility: their settings range from New York to Nigeria; their topics, from passion to avarice. But whether dealing in the subtle tease or the brutal twist, they have in common one thing: all bear the unmistakable signature of a born storyteller. Already a best seller in England, A Quiver Full of Arrows has been hailed by British critics as his finest work to date.
EL GRAN BESTSELLER DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOSDespués de años de mucho sacrificio y de hondas tragedias personales, Florentina Kane se ha convertido en la primera presidenta de Estados Unidos. Y justo el día de su toma de protesta, fuerzas secretas tienen todo listo para asesinarla.El FBI investiga miles de amenazas falsas cada año. Esta vez, una fuente confiable les ha filtrado información sobre un intento de asesinato. Una hora después, el informante y todos los agentes, excepto uno, han muerto. El único sobreviviente: el agente especial del FBI, Mark Andrews. Ahora, sólo él sabe cuándo atacarán los asesinos. ¿Puede él solo desentrañar una despiadada conspiración en menos de una semana? La carrera por salvar a la presidenta está a punto de comenzar...
Una aventura apasionante inspirada en la extraordinaria vida deGeorge Mallory, un hombre escindido entre el amor poruna mujer y la llamada del destino."Una novela llena de persuasión y efectividad. Pocos escritores pueden hacerlo mejor."The Sunday Times"Fascinante y cautivadora."Living Scotsman"Una historia con un poder de atracción increíble."The Independent
After years of great sacrifice and deep personal tragedy, Florentyna Kane's has finally become the first woman president in America. But on the very day that she is sworn into office, powerful forces are already in motion to take her life. The FBI investigates thousands of false threats every year. This time, a reliable source has tipped them off about an assassination attempt. One hour later, the informant and all but one of the investigating agents are dead. The lone survivor: FBI Special Agent Mark Andrews. Now, only he knows when the killers will strike. But how can he alone unravel a ruthless conspiracy--in less than one week? The race to save the first woman president begins now. . .
On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles.... Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity. But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.
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