Ten Interesting Things about Jeffrey Archer


  1. Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Westonsuper-Mare is a former politician. He was a Member of Parliament but resigned over a financial scandal which left him almost bankrupt.
  1. While he was at Wellington School his mother, Lola, wrote a column “Over the teacups” to the local press in Weston-super-Mare and wrote about the adventures of her son ‘Tuppence’; this led to Archer being bullied by fellow students.
  1. It was alleged that he has provided false statements about three non-existent A-level passes and a U.S. university degree. His website includes references to his Oxford ‘Principal’, yet omits the fact that he was not a full undergraduate at Oxford.
  1. He is married to Mary Archer and has two children. His wife is a scientist and was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for her services to the NHS.
  1. His first book was “Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less” and was published first in the USA and later in Britain in 1976.
  1. He writes all his stories with a felt tip pen and writes many drafts before finalizing a book.
  1. While he was in prison, he wrote the three-volume memoir “A Prison Diary” and named it after the first three prisons he was kept in. His prison term was also an inspiration for nine of the twelve short stories in the collection, Cat O’ Nine Tales
  1. In late 2013, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent a successful operation to remove the prostate in December 2013 and subsequently made a full recovery.
  1. Indian fashion designer Nisha Jamwal’s love story was written by him in the short story collection “And Thereby Hangs a Tale”.
  2. In total, he has written three Prison diaries, nineteen novels, four children books, nine short stories books and three plays.

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