The thrilling conclusion to the number one bestselling Clifton Chronicles.
This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies?
In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?
Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.
Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and his wife Samantha’s talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.
Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.
In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.
This Was a Man is the captivating final instalment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer’s reputation as a master storyteller.
Praise for the Clifton Chronicles
‘The ability to tell a story is a great – and unusual – gift . . . [it] is not something that can be taught or acquired. You have it or you don’t . . . Jeffrey Archer is, first and foremost, a storyteller’
Erica Wagner, The Times
‘I was utterly hooked. It was an absurdly enjoyable read’
Anthony Horowitz, Daily Telegraph
‘This is a cracker of a read. And quite “unputdownable” . . . It is quite captivating . . . and just as you sit on the end of your seat expecting all the loose ends to be tied into a neat little bow, Archer drops a bombshell in the last paragraph of the last chapter’
Jerry Hayes, Spectator
‘I was touched and enthralled by this tale . . . I won’t spoil it for you by revealing any more. Or the trademark twist, which is gasp-making’
‘I enjoyed the book and marvelled at both its pace and the imaginative cliff-hanger ending’
‘He is a master of fiction: his good characters are flawless, his bad ones have no redeeming qualities . . . Jeffrey Archer has the strange gift denied to many who think themselves more serious novelists. He can tell a story, and he does so with such conviction’
Alan Massie, Scotsman
Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger. “Publishers Weekly “on “The Clifton Chronicles”
Archer packs a plot with thrills and chills enough for readers to keep turning the pages, saying, What’s gonna happen next?…The conclusion’s a turbo-charged cliffhanger that’ll have fans screaming Arrrcherr! “Kirkus Reviews “on “Mightier Than the Sword”
Archer s tight plotting makes for a page-turning rich man s soap opera Entertaining. “Kirkus Reviews “on “Be Careful What You Wish For””
Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger. Publishers Weekly on The Clifton Chronicles
Archer packs a plot with thrills and chills enough for readers to keep turning the pages, saying, What’s gonna happen next?…The conclusion’s a turbo-charged cliffhanger that’ll have fans screaming Arrrcherr! Kirkus Reviews on Mightier Than the Sword
Archer s tight plotting makes for a page-turning rich man s soap opera Entertaining. Kirkus Reviews on Be Careful What You Wish For
About the Author
Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O’ Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). The author is married to Dame Mary Archer, and they have two sons and two grandsons.