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New York Times number-one best-selling author Jeffrey Archer is a master of the short-story form, creating classic tales beloved by his fans. Now the award-winning writer presents 20 of his most popular and fêted short stories in The Short, the Long and the Tall.

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to solve a murder and ends up falling in love; and the pretentious schoolboy whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life forever. Revel in the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and has an encounter she will never forget. Discover the haunting story about four men whose characters are tested to the point of death. Finally, a short parable about how pointless war is, and how decent people are caught up in the crossfire of their leaders’ ambitions.

This will be a must-buy for dedicated fans of Jeffrey Archer, and includes the following short stories:

  • "Never Stop on the Motorway"
  • "Cheap at Half the Price"
  • "Who Killed the Mayor?"
  • "It Can’t Be October Already"
  • "Stuck on You"
  • "The Grass Is Always Greener"
  • "The Queen’s Birthday Telegram"
  • "Clean Sweep Ignatius"
  • "The First Miracle"
  • "Caste Off"
  • "A Wasted Hour"
  • "Just Good Friends"
  • "Christina Rosenthal"
  • "A Gentleman and a Scholar"
  • "The Road to Damascus"
  • "Old Love"
  • "A Good Toss to Lose"
  • "One Man’s Meat"
  • "Endgame"
  • "Confession"

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2020 Jeffrey Archer (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Entertaining tales by Lord Archer

Most of these stories have been around for some years, but are nonetheless still worth hearing. All the narrators are excellent but I wish we could hear who read what in the credits, as I could only recognize Armitage and Lesser.

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An Excellent and Emotional Collection.

When I started listening to this collection of short stories, I could not stop. These stories were funny, witty, conspiratorial, heartfelt and gut wrenching. I enjoyed each and every one of them. The narrators were exceptional. This is a collection I will listen to time and again.

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Pretty good.

This was a nice collection of short stores. Some better than others, and some very, very Jeffrey Archer. A nice diversion from the usual fare of many too long fictional works, of late.

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Hours of entertainment

Very worth the purchase. So many interesting and entertaining stories. Would be perfect for a long road trip! The performances were on point!

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Lots of fun

Best collection of archer's short stories. It's easy to listen to, the stories were very engaging and it was read by professionals