This Was a Man
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This Was a Man


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.

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 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.

Title:This Was a Man
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:432 pages

    This Was a Man Reviews

  • Matt
    Nov 29, 2016

    Archer completes his heptalogy in fine form, coming full circle with the Cliftons and Barringtons, while peppering the narrative with other key characters and their plights from 1978-92. As the novel ...

  • Aditi
    Nov 23, 2016

    “My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.” ----Rick RiordanJeffrey Archer, the inte...

  • Archit Ojha
    Jan 14, 2017

    And Jeffrey Archer does it again! “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Giving anything away of its synopsis would be an injustice to others. So I'll onl...

  • Tim
    Dec 20, 2016

    A bit too long on politics and a conniver to bring the rating any higher. 7 of 10 stars...

  • Nilesh
    Nov 12, 2016

    There are two good things about this book: it is better than at least five of its predecessors and finally the Chronicles end. The book work in parts where the author sticks to the family and their in...

  • Graeme Stuart Waymark
    Dec 07, 2016

    While I waited for this last of the Clifton Chronicle Series to be written and published, I built up my expectations based on the overall four stars I gave to the series up to and including the penult...

  • Simone
    Nov 27, 2016

    I knew what to expect with Book 7, and my review is pretty much the same as Book 6 however this time around I was not as into it. The “collection of short stories” feel was too high and I didn’t...

  • Ryan The Rappologist (The Real Book Spy)
    Nov 03, 2016

    *** Read this review and more at *** Following the sixth installment of his bestselling series, Cometh The Hour, Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles continues, and ends, with...

  • Sharon
    Nov 10, 2016

    We’ve finally come to the last instalment in the Clifton Chronicles series. What was originally supposed to be a trilogy eventually turned into an amazing seven book series spanning more than 60 yea...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    Jan 19, 2017

    This has been a captivating series. This Was A Man, the final instalment, wraps everything up. There are a few surprises thrown in. Highly recommended....

About Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married