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4.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Archer, 13 July 2009
This review is from: A Prisoner of Birth (Paperback)
I'm a huge fan of Jeffrey Archer. You can say what you like about the perjuring old Tory...he writes a damn good novel!

East End mechanic Danny Cartwright proposes to his girlfriend Beth and they go to a pub in Chelsea to celebrate with Beth's brother Bernie. The night takes a sinister turn when a group of braying upper class young men start insulting the three revellers. Events culminate in Bernie being stabbed to death in the pub alleyway and Danny being wrongly charged with his murder.

At the ensuing trial, the four witnesses for the prosecution are a barrister, an aristocrat, a partner in an established firm and a popular actor. Danny doesn't stand a chance and is sentenced to 22 years in prison. Incarcerated in the highest security prison in the Country, he sets out on a quest for justice and revenge.

This is another epic from Archer. The courtroom scenes and descriptions of life in Belmarsh are detailed yet fascinating. Well, he is rather an expert! This is like three books in one. First you get a more refined, Grisham-esque court drama, then you get the Public-school take on Prison Break, then a brilliantly executed plan of revenge. Archer's mind is astounding.

My only criticism is the slightly high-handed treatment of the working class. I work in the east end described in the book, and I'm not sure that east enders talk the way they do in Prisoner of Birth. It's all cockles and mussels and cor blimey guvnors, which is a little wobbly. However, that aside, this is a hugely entertaining novel and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to anyone.
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Initial post: 9 Apr 2010, 19:08:49 BST
Love the reference to Archer being a Perjuring old Tory..and agree totally with the rest of the critique. In fact, am so impressed that will borrow books from my library based on the recommendations of this reviewer!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014, 17:41:00 GMT
Katie says:
I had read this book several years ago and recommended it to several people I know of differing political opinion, it is a fast moving and exciting book and as usual a great Archer read - we can really root for our 'hero' all the way - a modern day classic ....

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2014, 09:26:20 GMT
Sandy says:
I also laughed out loud at this review........ Have read all Mr Archer's books and thought this review spot on.

Posted on 27 Dec 2014, 10:46:50 GMT
Excellent amusing review, definitely made me want to read this book!
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