As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer

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Growing up in the slums of East End London, Charlie Trumper dreams of someday running his grandfather's fruit and vegetable barrow. That day comes suddenly when his grandfather dies leaving him the floundering business. With the help of Becky Salmon, an enterprising young woman, Charlie sets out to make a name for himself as "The Honest Trader". But the brutal onset of World War I takes Charlie far from home and into the path of a dangerous enemy whose legacy of evil follows Charlie and his family for generations.

Encompassing three continents and spanning over sixty years, As the Crow Flies brings to life a magnificent tale of one man's rise from rags to riches set against the backdrop of a changing century.

 

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 May 16, 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. 804 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction

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Charlie inherits not only a natural ability as a salesman from his grandfather, but larger dreams than the old man would have dreamed possible, and yet what really changes his life is WW I, an event wherein he both grows up and makes a lifelong enemy in Guy Trentham, a wealthy fop who may well ha...

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Practiced raconteur Archer ( Kane & Abel ) engagingly presents the rags-to-riches story of Charlie Trumper, a man who learns to buy and sell by working at his grandfather's vegetable cart in the early

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This rags-to-riches saga of a London East Ender who learns economics at a humble vegetable stand and later founds a huge department store spent 19 weeks on PW 's bestseller list. (May)

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They have dangerous enemies, however: Guy Trentham, Charlie's traitorous WW I nemesis and the philandering father of Rebecca's illegitimate son, and Ethel, his wealthy and ruthless mother, both trying to protect the tarnished Trentham family name by undermining those who know of Guy's misdeeds.

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This rags-to-riches saga of a London East Ender who learns economics at a humble vegetable stand and later founds a huge department store spent 19 weeks on PW 's bestseller list. (May)

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