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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (21 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006478662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006478669
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,824,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.

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"A master at mixing power, politics, and profit into fiction"--" Entertainment Weekly""One of the top ten storytellers in the world"-- "Los Angeles Times""A storyteller in the class of Alexander Dumas...Unsurpassed skill...making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next."-- "Washington Post""Archer...has an extraordinary talent for turning notoriety into gold, and telling fast-moving stories."-- "Philadelphia Inquirer" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Two friends fall under the spell of a New York beauty – with quite unexpected results.

An offhand remark is taken seriously by a Chinese sculptor, and a British diplomat becomes the owner of a priceless work of art.

An insurance claims advisor has a most surprising encounter on the train home to Sevenoaks.

The openings to three of this marvellous collection of stories that ends with a hauntingly written, atmospheric account of two undergraduates at Oxford in the thirties, a tale of bitter rivalry that ends in a memorable love story.

Over 1,250,000 copies sold

'Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining…Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories'
THE TIMES

'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age'
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon G. Beauchamp on 9 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
Jeffrey Archer proves with this effort that he is one of the most talented writers of fictional stories there is. I particularly enjoyed 'One Night Stand' which deals with the stoney ground of mutual attraction and delves into the mind of both parties in various situations. If you appreciate a good quality short story after the other then you will find this to be a suitable purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Femmielala on 2 May 2008
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A collection of 12 short stories written by one of my favourite authors proved a little disappointing. I'm not a particular fan of short stories; I prefer to invest time into characters and a plot. The title of the book suggests that you will be reading a collection of short, sharp tales which will drive a point home.

There is a sense of "and the moral of this story is" with this collection. There's also a heavy focus on Oxford, where Archer studied and obviously has fond memories of, and of the life of the privileged classes in general. Some tend to alienate, some are mildly amusing and others are just plain silly - The First Miracle being a case in point.

Each story is undoubtedly well written by the intelligent, articulate and literate Archer. However, I was a long way from being bowled over, as I have been by his other work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Florrie 22 on 19 May 2007
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I agree with the previous reviewer wholeheartedly. Jeffrey Archer is undoubtedly one of the best storytellers I've ever read. No wonder this is a number 1 bestseller!

If you enjoy short stories then this is for you. Great to dip in and out of on short commutes or in your workbreak.

A marvellous collection!
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By AvidReader on 16 July 2013
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Jeffrey Archer is a wonderful story teller, however this collection was not up to his usual high standard. 'The Hungarian Professor' for example, what was the point of that story?? It had a most unsatisfactory ending, as did 'The Luncheon'. 'Henry's hiccup' started of very promising but then ended so abruptly. 'The perfect gentleman' has me at a loss, I still don't understand the point of it! After reading his other short story collections like 'A twist in the tale' and 'Twelve red herrings' this was very disappointing. If this is your first experience of Lord Archer's writing please do not be put off!
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By grampa joe on 9 Nov. 2012
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I'm a huge archer fan and this was my first foray into his short story books........what a disappiontment,then I read the last
story "Old love"......it was like a cold refreshing drink after a long day or a superb dessert after a bland meal.As I said,this was the final story and my thoughts were thank god I'm nearly done,then.......what an enchanting story,beautifully crafted as only archer can do and with that final twist that tears at your heart strings.As I write this review,I'm going back to read that final story once again,before it goes into the bookcase
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By Twinegg on 14 Aug. 2013
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I really, really enjoyed this book of short stories by JA. Each story was completely different and each had it's own twist at the end. I would not normally buy a book of short stories, but this is the 3rd JA book of short stories that I have read. I hope there are many more books inside JA, as I am truly addicted, I'm not reading anyone else's books until I have read them all..... so I hope there are plenty more to come!
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By WILLAND on 23 Jun. 2013
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I was looking forward to reading this book of short stories as I enjoy the Archer style of writing very much, but I was disappointed with the book and I think there were two really good stories in all. If you are, like me an Archer fan buy it cheap in a second hand book shop and read it on a rainy day when you want to while away a couple of hours, but you might not be so hooked as to up all night to finish it! Sorry
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master story teller, short stories that can be read easily with the twists and turns in each one you would expect from Archer
Ideal for taking on holiday or for filling in the occasional hour which you do not want to waste but are not sure qhat to do with
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