This Was A Man

This Was A Man

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Giles discovers the truth about his wife's identity, Emma receives a job offer from Margaret Thatcher, and Lady Virginia pursues an opportunity to solve her financial problems before a shocking diagnosis throws all of their lives into turmoil.

McMillan Palgrave

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer
The sweeping saga of the Cliftons—across generations, from Europe to America, through heartache and rivalry and triumph—is about to reach its stunning conclusion. Harry Clifton’s story began in 1920, as a dock worker in England, and now he is set to write his magnum opus. As he reflects on his days, the lives of his family continue to unfold, unravel, and intertwine in ways no one could have imagined . . .
Harry’s wife Emma, who just completed her time at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, receives a surprise call from Margaret Thatcher. Meanwhile, Giles Barrington discovers a shocking truth about his wife, Karin. Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara’s abrupt resignation. Sebastian’s daughter Jessica is expelled from school, but her aunt Grace comes to the rescue. And Lady Virginia, who is set to flee the country to avoid her creditors, finds an opportunity to clear her debts after the Duchess of Hertford dies—and a way to finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.



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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 fleethe 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 receivesa 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"--
A conclusion to the best-selling saga finds Giles discovering the truth about his wife's identity, Emma receiving a job offer from Margaret Thatcher and Lady Virginia pursuing an opportunity to solve her financial problems before a shocking diagnosis throws all of their lives into turmoil. By the author of Kane and Abel.

Publisher: New York : St Martin's Press, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250061638
Branch Call Number: Fiction Archer
Characteristics: 416 pages ; 25 cm

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McAnnieG
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!

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0007548100dmw
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.

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redworc
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.

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MillieBT
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!!!!

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mjk236sb
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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markruelle
Feb 05, 2017

A great series, very entertaining, however the ending depicts Harry killing Emma in her last hours. To me this was a purely gratuitous sop to the "death with dignity" crowd, totally unnecessary to the completion of the story.

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writermala
Jan 30, 2017

This book showed that sometimes there can be one too many books in a series. I waited for each book in the Clifton Chronicles to arrive on the shelves. This one was a disappointment. I might go so far as to say that it was a relief that the book did not have a sequel.

If there was a fault in the book, it was that it relied too heavily on the characters and events in the previous books. There was not too much intrigue. The only positive thing I can say about this book is that it tied up all the loose ends in the chronicles.

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chaponnay
Dec 29, 2016

Archer is a natural story teller and has as usual a good plot. Like the way the whole series is divided up into "chapters" on different characters. Enjoyed the section on Bellmarsh where his personal experiences came through. I understand why Archer is one of UK's most popular authors. A very good read!

Sorry to see the Clifton Chronicles end, I wish Jeffery Archer would have chosen to end with a post script of a particular character getting her just rewards for being such an odious personality. I enjoyed the book(s) I guess it had to end, but with a double dose of sad!

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