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 10 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.
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.
©2016 Jeffrey Archer (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
I’ve listened to the previous six books in the Clifton Chronicles and this finale is one of the best. Snobbishly I think that Jeffrey Archer isn’t Graham Greene but by golly he can tell a story that keeps one on tenterhooks eager to find out what happens next. He has created some memorable characters not least Lady Veronica the Machavelli of the series: utterly over-the-top in her exploits but hugely entertaining as she seems to succeed in her plots only to be thwarted. It’s great stuff and I’m sorry that the series has ended in the 1990s as the next generation of Cliftons and Barringtons are developing into interesting characters. Maybe the next series will be the Barrington Chronicles? I hope so as it’s great fun to listen to good old fashioned story-telling in which good is pitted against evil and good eventually wins for a change. I also enjoy the inclusion of historical events and real people which adds colour and interest to the narrative. The author's inside knowledge of parliament and prison life lends veracity to many events in the book.
Alex Jennings is one of the best narrators around and makes the series even more enjoyable.
I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series and following the books chronologically as getting to know the characters, and following the progression of their lives, adds to the pleasure.
I listened to the first book in the series a few weeks ago when it was free, I never thought I would like the series as it is so far away from anything I would normally read.
I have been blown away by this book and it has caused me to raise the standards of what I read.
I for the first time in decades cried, this was not beacuse of sadness but because Jeffery Archer managed to pull me into the world of Harry Clifton.
Brilliant story & wonderfully narrated! A well written and engrossing story. A highly recommended read!
Oh how sad am I now... each of these books were compelling to read. I could hardly wait for the final book of seven when it was released last month... I raced through it knowing I would be lost when I finished it. Jeffrey Archer...my kind of writer...to the point without too many superlatives to fill in the spaces...
Alex Jennings made the narration a pleasure to listen to....I am so glad he made it through them all, could never have imagined a change.
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I loved these books. I grew very attached to the Clifton Barrington characters and shed real tears at the end.
This book, like the others, kept me hooked, and I will miss the characters.
A quite nice series. No really a fan of Mr Archer but I got to know the characters well I find his constant explanations a bit patronising and some of the editing is not great. For example" leaving it impossible for her to sleep". The next sentence begins" when she woke at6am" , just sloppy!
Alex Jennings is very professional, Jeffrey Archer is not
Definitely the last time I had anything to do with Jeffery Archer
The padding - the tedious cricket match commentary, the tedious parliamentary bill procedure, the cheap introduction of terminal illnesses, the chapter length droning on of the funeral service.
I'm disgusted with Jeffery Archer. He clearly ran out of story line halfway through so padded it out with some of the most unengaging and tedious rubbish you'll ever see. A contemptuous way to treat his readers.
This sort of book had seemed to have gone out of fashion. I enjoyed that this series of books stretched over the lifetime of the two main characters. I also liked how historic events were intertwined with their story. Jeffrey Archer is a guilty pleasure as I dislike the man but love his books. The narrator did an excellent job and really bought the characters to life. If you like family sagas you'll love the Cliftons.
What a fabulous ending To this great series. I've enjoyed it immensely. I do wonder though why it was that so many people were willing to be friends with the Lady Feneck when she was such a bitch to everyone.... In particular Boffy.
Great ending to a great saga.
I am going to listen to book 1 again
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