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Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less
Jeffrey Archer’s first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, is page-turning tale of fraud, revenge and determination as four men stop at nothing to get back what was stolen from them.
One million dollars – that’s what Harvey Metcalfe, lifelong king of shady deals, has pulled off with empty promises of an oil bonanza and instant riches. Overnight, four men – the heir to an earldom, a Harley Street doctor, a Bond Street art dealer and an Oxford don – find themselves penniless. But this time Harvey has swindled the wrong men. They band together and shadow him from the casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes windows at Ascot and the hallowed lawns of Oxford.
Their plan is simple: to sting the crook for exactly what they lost – not a penny more, not a penny less.
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Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). He was born in London, and brought up in the West Country.
He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament, and twenty-six years as a Member of the House of Lords.
He has written 22 novels, 7 sets of short stories, 3 prison diaries, 3 plays (all of which have been performed in London's West End) and a gospel. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less was sold to 17 countries within a year. It was also made into a successful serial for BBC Radio 4, and was later televised in 1990 by the BBC. He won the Prix Relay du Roman d’Évasion, a prize that rewards a novel in which readers can ‘escape from everyday life’, for his novel Paths of Glory, and the Prix Polar International Prize for the best international thriller of the year, for his novel A Prisoner of Birth.
The Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels published between 2011-2017 topped the bestseller lists around the world. His latest book of short stories, TELL TALE, is published in paperback in April 2018, and his next novel, HEADS YOU WIN, will be published in November.
Jeffrey is also an amateur auctioneer, conducting around 20 charity auctions a year. He has been married to Dame Mary Archer, Chairman of the Science Museum Group, for 52 years.