Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, born 15 April 1940 is an English author and ex-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 from several earlier controversies, finally ended after a conviction for perjury and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power. Outside of politics, he is a novelist and short story writer.
Jeffrey Archer stormed back onto bestseller lists in India and worldwide, with his latest book, A Prisoner of Birth. The book tells the story of Danny Cartwright, a young mechanic from Eastend who’s convicted of a crime he did not commit; convicted because the system is often stacked against those who are marginalised.
On his latest book A Prisoner of Birth
That was a surprise because the lists come out on a Monday to a Saturday and then they tell you on a Sunday. We’d actually come out only on a Thursday, so we had two days’ sales to go on but A Prisoner of Birth went straight to number one. That’s something I’ve never done before. Even Kane and Abel didn’t go to number one in two days.
It’s the first one in every country. First time, right round the world, it has gone to number one very quickly. Back to the old days!
I thought in my own heart, is this the best thing I’ve ever done? Is it better than Kane and Abel? But you lose your confidence with just a few weeks to go before the release. You think will anybody buy this book?
On his future plans
Lots of people have colourful lives. It doesn’t mean they can sit down and tell a story. After the Indian tour, my wife and I are taking a holiday and then I’m going to write. Possibly that’s all I can tell you now that it takes place in India.