Up, close and witty with Lord Jeffery Archer

Acclaimed story-teller, as Jeffrey Archer likes to call himself, was in Mumbai at the Crossword bookstore for the launch of ‘This was a Man’, the final volume of his popular ‘Clifton Chronicles’ series. At the launch he was seen talking about everything from cricket to US Election to (surprisingly) demonetisation. Free Press Journal caught up with the witty author for a tiny tete-a-tete. Here is the excerpt:

  • As a writer you get attached with the characters you create and with Clifton Chronicles, it has been a long journey. How did it feel to pen down the concluding part of the series?

It was quite tricky. As there were millions of people waiting for the last book. But I think it ended in a satisfactory way, but it was hard work. And I am very happy with it.

  • From politician to writer, that’s the direction you have taken. How did it happen?

That would take me an hour to tell you (smiles). It didn’t happen overnight. I left Parliament at the age of 34 and started writing my first book – ‘Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less’ and 14 publishers turned down the book. (The 15th publisher till date has sold more than 27 millions 775 thousand books)

  • What is your opinion about the Indian authors; do you follow any particular author’s work?

R K Narayan is my favourite. I think he is the great story-teller and deserves a Nobel Prize.

  • You visit India almost every year, have you manage to see other places in India apart from the bookstores?

Not yet. There are lot of places on my list. Let’s see.

  • What next can we expect from Lord Archer and when?

For that you need to read ‘This was a Man’, secretly hidden in the last few pages is what I intend to do next. Also, I am planning to write a set of short stories that will probably come up in March-April next year.

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