THE BIG READ | Author Jeffrey Archer’s life has been no less frenetic and crazy than the plots he cooks up

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At age 81, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer is still cranking out one bestseller after the next. (Photo: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)
At age 81, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer is still cranking out one bestseller after the next. (Photo: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

Strange deaths, business feuds and betrayal, cover-ups, infidelity. It sounds like a Jeffrey Archer novel but it’s actually Jeffrey Archer.

The bestselling author of Kane and Abel is gazing across London from the panoramic lounge of his £40 million (R800 million) penthouse. “I look out this window in the morning and think, ‘You lucky bastard’,” he says. “ ‘You got a gift to tell a story, and you get all this.’ I live this unbelievable life.”

Even lucky can’t quite describe the Houdini-like talents of Jeffrey Archer, variously a policeman, PE teacher, public relations consultant, politician, peer, perjurer, prisoner number FF8282 — and that’s just the Ps.

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