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This Was a Man: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7

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Publisher's Summary

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 10 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 flee the 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 receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

This Was a Man is the captivating final instalment 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.

©2016 Jeffrey Archer (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    sanchit bhandari 06-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Old Dog new tricks"

    I actually cried at the end and that's the best farewell I could give to Sir Harry Clifton

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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 05-01-17
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 05-01-17 Member Since 2011

    I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

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    "A Fascinating series, well told."

    I had previously been put off trying any of the Author's books because of his misdemeanors but I am glad that I was sensible enough to realise that his literary skills had nothing to do with his personal conduct.
    This series proved totally engaging and I found myself scrambling to purchase additional credits in order to continue the story without interruption!
    To put together a tale that spans a lifetime is a creditable feat.
    To make it so engrossing deserves high praise indeed.
    I found myself totally immersed in the story line and experienced a range of emotions which mirrored those of the characters.
    If you haven't tried Mr Archer's books, then I can't think of a better introduction!

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    Amazon Customer Louisville, Ky. 03-28-17
    Amazon Customer Louisville, Ky. 03-28-17 Member Since 2013

    MARCIA FAWKES

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    "Sorry it had to end!"

    Great read. A little rushed but
    I will always remember Harry and Emma. There is enough material for a spinoff...

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    Jacqueline 11-13-16
    Jacqueline 11-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Magical"

    What a fabulous ending To this great series. I've enjoyed it immensely. I do wonder though why it was that so many people were willing to be friends with the Lady Feneck when she was such a bitch to everyone.... In particular Boffy.

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    Bevan Marsfield, Australia 11-11-16
    Bevan Marsfield, Australia 11-11-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent ending."

    Great ending to a great saga.
    Excellent performance.
    I am going to listen to book 1 again

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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/8/16
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    "Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama"

    I’ve listened to the previous six books in the Clifton Chronicles and this finale is one of the best. Snobbishly I think that Jeffrey Archer isn’t Graham Greene but by golly he can tell a story that keeps one on tenterhooks eager to find out what happens next. He has created some memorable characters not least Lady Veronica the Machavelli of the series: utterly over-the-top in her exploits but hugely entertaining as she seems to succeed in her plots only to be thwarted. It’s great stuff and I’m sorry that the series has ended in the 1990s as the next generation of Cliftons and Barringtons are developing into interesting characters. Maybe the next series will be the Barrington Chronicles? I hope so as it’s great fun to listen to good old fashioned story-telling in which good is pitted against evil and good eventually wins for a change. I also enjoy the inclusion of historical events and real people which adds colour and interest to the narrative. The author's inside knowledge of parliament and prison life lends veracity to many events in the book.

    Alex Jennings is one of the best narrators around and makes the series even more enjoyable.

    I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series and following the books chronologically as getting to know the characters, and following the progression of their lives, adds to the pleasure.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • antoinette
    Staffs, United Kingdom
    12/29/16
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    "This was a man"

    I have listened to the Clifton Chronicles in turn and become attached to each family member therein.
    Another excellent book which left me in tears!
    Thank you Jeffrey Archer.

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  • Sue
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    12/28/16
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    "Recommended."
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    I read all 7 Clifton Chronicles books at once. Jeffrey Archer is an excellent writer. The books have so many unpredictable twists and turns that I feel they probably even surprised the author at times as the characters took over and started writing their own stories.There are occasions during the 7 books that I felt rambled a little bit, especially the later ones, but that's probably me being over-critical. Overall the Clifton Chronicles are an entertaining, excellent read with no extreme violence or crude explicit language, which I hate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derek Greenwood
    Essex UK
    12/26/16
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    "Excellent continuation of the saga"

    I have enjoyed the whole series. This has been a brilliant listen, exellent narrative of a cleverly written book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dozybint
    12/26/16
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    "It did not disappoint"

    Now; let's start it all over again! This was a series of books that showed the highs and lows of life, the highest it can achieve, and the depths it can sink to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/6/16
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    "Amazing book to end an amazing Series"

    I listened to the first book in the series a few weeks ago when it was free, I never thought I would like the series as it is so far away from anything I would normally read.

    I have been blown away by this book and it has caused me to raise the standards of what I read.

    I for the first time in decades cried, this was not beacuse of sadness but because Jeffery Archer managed to pull me into the world of Harry Clifton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Christopher R Jones
    11/6/16
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    "A grand conclusion to the Clifton Chronicles."

    Brilliant story & wonderfully narrated! A well written and engrossing story. A highly recommended read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rozithepirate
    11/5/16
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    "Once again excellent"

    For the past 6 years I have looked forward to the next book in the Clifton chronicles. there will be an empty space next year

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    6/1/17
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    "The commited Cliftonite!"

    I have devoured all 7 books in this series and did not want it to end. Mr Archer is wizard with a pen and a master story teller. I was engrossed from the get go and will have to listen to the package again within the year. I didn't want it to end, and I'd be a liar if I Saudi wasn't moved to years in the last 4 chapter's. Even thinking about what happens is making me well up! I'm taking a break from the Clifton's and the Barrington's​ for now, but rest assured I'll be back to re listen to the whole darn lot. by for now and thanks for making g my drives so enjoyable this past few weeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deirdre Cremin
    5/30/17
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    "Unbelievable series!!! Thoroughly enjoyable"

    An excellent series, would highly recommend it!! Really enjoyed following the Clifden and Barrington families

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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