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Pulling together all the threads that he weaved so expertly throughout the previous six stories, this is the last portion of Jeffrey Archer's enthralling series about the lives and loves of the Clifton family.

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.

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Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

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.

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Amazing book to end an amazing Series

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.

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I read all 7 Clifton Chronicles books at once. Jeffrey Archer is an excellent writer. The books have so many unpredictable twists and turns that I feel they probably even surprised the author at times as the characters took over and started writing their own stories.There are occasions during the 7 books that I felt rambled a little bit, especially the later ones, but that's probably me being over-critical. Overall the Clifton Chronicles are an entertaining, excellent read with no extreme violence or crude explicit language, which I hate.

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This was a man

I have listened to the Clifton Chronicles in turn and become attached to each family member therein.
Another excellent book which left me in tears!
Thank you Jeffrey Archer.

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Very well done

I thoroughly enjoyed this series!
The story of a boy and his family that I grew to love. The whole series is exciting with realistic heroes and villains and exceptionally well read!
It's made me reflect on my own way of life and I hope to give more back to the world somehow

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A grand conclusion to the Clifton Chronicles.

Brilliant story & wonderfully narrated! A well written and engrossing story. A highly recommended read!

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The Pen is mightier than the Sword

Well this is the final instalment and I feel I have been on a heck of a journey. How do I sum this up? The hero of the story Harry Clifton and born into poverty. His mother Maisie fought tooth and nail to get him a better life. He is blessed with an amazing voice which was discovered by his school and he won a scholarship that led to so much more.

Not all easy and throw in the war, prison, death, greed, love, power, the secret service and politics you have the makings of an excellent thriller. I took my time with this one as I found myself virtually in tears and letting go of this series, what a ride.

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Fantastic series

I've just finished the last of this series and I thought they were brilliant. As another commenter has mentioned, "it's not Tolstoy", but if a book makes you want to listen more and you care about the characters, that, to me, is a good book. I felt a bit like I had lost some dear friends at the end.

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sad to finish this wonderful series

wonderfully read by Alex Jenkins. super series of 7 books. thank you Lord Archer.

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Excellent continuation of the saga

I have enjoyed the whole series. This has been a brilliant listen, exellent narrative of a cleverly written book.

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  • 22-12-20

superlative

I loved this book! no, actually all 6 which I listened to as only one. Written with suspense and remakably read by Jennings. i enjoyed his voice so much!

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  • 05-10-20

Finished off the series well

This book was good but I must say the series as a whole was great. A very moving ending that tied the series together from beginning to end.

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  • 26-12-17

This was a Man

As an enthusiastic Archer fan experiencing failing hearing and vision I found this rendition excellent- narration is superb moving me to tears at times-highly recommended

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  • 09-06-17

Old Dog new tricks

I actually cried at the end and that's the best farewell I could give to Sir Harry Clifton

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  • Ray
  • 01-05-17

A Fascinating series, well told.

I had previously been put off trying any of the Author's books because of his misdemeanors but I am glad that I was sensible enough to realise that his literary skills had nothing to do with his personal conduct.
This series proved totally engaging and I found myself scrambling to purchase additional credits in order to continue the story without interruption!
To put together a tale that spans a lifetime is a creditable feat.
To make it so engrossing deserves high praise indeed.
I found myself totally immersed in the story line and experienced a range of emotions which mirrored those of the characters.
If you haven't tried Mr Archer's books, then I can't think of a better introduction!

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  • 28-03-17

Sorry it had to end!

Great read. A little rushed but
I will always remember Harry and Emma. There is enough material for a spinoff...

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  • 13-11-16

Magical

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.

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  • 11-11-16

Excellent ending.

Great ending to a great saga.
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I am going to listen to book 1 again