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A Prisoner of Birth | [Jeffrey Archer]

A Prisoner of Birth

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track. Danny is an East End Cockney mechanic, Spencer is a West End barrister. When they meet, their lives will never be the same again.
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Publisher's Summary

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track.

Danny, an East End Cockney, leaves Clement Attlee Comprehensive School at the age of 15 to take up a job at a local garage. He falls in love with Beth, the boss's daughter, and asks her to marry him.

Spencer Craig resides in the West End. A graduate of an English public school and Cambridge University, he becomes a criminal barrister and is soon tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation.

Danny and Beth travel up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. They end the evening in a wine bar where Spencer Craig is also celebrating - his 30th birthday, along with a select group of university chums.

Their lives will never be the same again. For, an hour later, one of them is arrested for murder, while the other ends up as the prosecution's chief witness in an Old Bailey trial.

©2008 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio

What the Critics Say

"Bestseller Archer...pays homage to Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cling to your earphones or car stereo! This book will keep you listening. What a story and what a narrator. While listening I gave up trying to anticipate what will happen next - I was wrong every time. Well done JA

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  • Eleanor
    ForkhillUnited Kingdom
    4/15/08
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    "Wonderful read"

    This was a great book. I knew early on that it was going to follow the lines of The Count of Monte Cristo and did feel slightly cheated but I am happy to say that didn't prove to be the case. The turns and twists were great. However there were one or two bits where I thought 'that's silly how could he have known such and such was going to happen and prepared' I felt the end of the book was a bit rushed. Everywhere else had so much detail but the end seemed to be just thrown in there. That said it was a brilliant book and kept me enthralled for hours and hours and am looking forward to the next one. The speaker was also very good and made the book a pleasure to listen too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/14/08
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    "Superb and enjyoable court room drama"

    Interestingly, many of the elements of Mr. Archer?s real-life prison experience (in A Prison Diary) are interwoven in to this excellent novel, giving it gritty realism and a authenticism that I have not found in other court-room dramas. Both the reading and story are excellent, the plot twists, although sometimes predictable, are well brilliantly handled... a thoroughly enjoyable book which I heartily recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi
    leixlip, Ireland
    4/13/08
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    "A Prisoner of Birth"

    What a fantastic read! This has to be the best book he has ever written. Fantastic story line, couldn't stop listening. I thought the narrator Roger Allam was exceptional.I loved the additional interview with the author at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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