This Was A Man

This Was A Man

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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 ten 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 installment 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.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781250061638
Branch Call Number: FICTION ARC
Characteristics: 403 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm


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Apr 27, 2019


I really find the characters in these chronicles formulaic and unpleasant. I would never invite them to my dinner parties.

Dec 28, 2017

How Jeffrey Archer can hold a reader for 7 books is beyond me! In future, I wish he could spew books at a faster pace.

Oct 29, 2017

This is the seventh and final volume of the Clifton Chronicles. A tear-jerking ending to a really good series. Not quite the Forsyte Saga but kudos to Archer for the chutzpah to write a series covering a century.

Jul 01, 2017

Great wrap up to a wonderful series. I just finished the last of the Clifton Chronicles. Seven books in the series and each one a very fast moving detailed read - until book 7 where Jeffrey Archer seemed to feel the need to make it another 400+ page novel so filled it with details on playing rugby and British Parliamentary workings. As great as Harry Clifton's story was, the two women stole the series. Emma Barrington Clifton blazed a path for women and Lady Virginia Fenwick proved to be one shrewd manipulative woman who worked hard to get what she wanted by hook or by crook.

on the whole I give the series 5/5 stars. (this book a 4/5)

Wazza_100 Jun 28, 2017

Jeffrey Archer at his plot twisting best!

May 18, 2017

The final book of a seven book chronicle.....excellent. Archer did a beautiful job of following a family to the end. Very good book.

Mar 31, 2017

A great series! I think I'll make a point of starting all over again and doing a read through book by book. Enough time had lapsed since reading the previous instalment I kind of lost track of some of the characters and their places in the novel.

Mar 15, 2017

The final installment in the Clifton Chronicles THIS WAS A MAN has shocking twists and turns....what an incredible series...I enjoyed every word and didn't want the book to end!!!!

Feb 22, 2017

The last chapter for this very interesting series. Enjoyed getting to know all the main characters in these books. Liked how it ended the story lines even though there was no explanation on how the villainous got what was coming to her. I hadn't read Archer for a long time and can say that he was able to keep my interest throughout the entire 7 book series. Well worth the time spent.

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