And Thereby Hangs a Tale by Jeffrey Archer

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International bestselling author Jeffrey Archer has spent the last five years gathering spellbinding stories from around the globe. These fifteen brand-new tales showcase Archer's talent for capturing an unforgettable moment in time, whether tragic, comic, or outrageous.

In India, Jamwal and Nisha fall in love while waiting for a traffic light to turn green on the streets of Delhi.

From Germany comes "A Good Eye," the tale of a priceless oil painting that has remained in the same family for over two hundred years, until...

To the Channel Islands and "Members Only," where a golf ball falls out of a Christmas cracker, and a young man's life will never be the same...

To Italy and "No Room at the Inn," where a young man who is trying to book a room at a hotel ends up in bed with the receptionist, unaware that she...

To England, where, in "High Heels," a woman has to explain to her husband why a pair of designer shoes couldn't have gone up in flames...

Some of these stories will make you laugh while others will bring you to tears but, once again, every one of them will demand that you keep turning the page until you finally discover what happens to this remarkable cast of characters.


About Jeffrey Archer

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JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Sins of the Father, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, A Prisoner of Birth, and Kane & Abel-have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
Published September 14, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 318 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The prolific author of novels, plays and screenplays returns to the story format with this book of whimsical, sometimes ironic pieces.

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Archer marks with an asterisk stories that are based on true incidents (10 in this collection), and whether it is the weight of credibility these stories' genesis lends or if the author works better with some starting material, the entirely imagined stories are also the weakest.

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Some are cleverly funny while others are deeply perceptive about human nature.There are a number of exquisite little gems of colloquial prose to be had in this collection, and each will whet the appetite for different reasons to different readers.“High Heels,” the story of a young insurance detec...

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But it’s really the concept of story --- and the story behind the story --- that is at the heart of Archer’s elegant and entertaining work.

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The short story has always been Jeffrey Archer's strong suit and here he grips you quickly, puts you on the scent of a mystery, and moves you towards a charming moment of revelation.

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An excerpt from the Hindustan Times reads “The collection is about my experience during the past six years, out of which the story of an Indian couple is the most fascinating and touched me the most.” As the name suggests, the story is about inter-caste marriage and what happens to them.” To ...

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