Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A Quiver Full of Arrows by Jeffrey Archer

Now Jeffrey Archer has taken up a new challenge with this, his first collection of short stories. The locations move from New York and London to Mexico and Nigeria. Each tale reveals the author’s talents as a short storyteller, and, as befits the form, he uses the stories to build up a small cast of characters and then shock the reader with an unexpected final twist.

Few people will guess the endings of any of the tales, and everyone will have their own favourite. What is certain is that with this archer every story unerringly hits its mark!

Of these twelve short stories, eleven are based on known incidents (some embellished with considerable licence). Only one is totally the result of my own imagination.
In the case of ‘The Century’ I took my theme from three different cricket matches. Lovers of Wisden will have to do some considerable delving to uncover them.
‘The Luncheon’ was inspired by W. Somerset Maugham.

i) The Chinese Statue
ii) The Luncheon
iii) The Coup
iv) The First Miracle
v) The Perfect Gentleman
vi) One-Night Stand
vii) The Century
viii) Broken Routine
ix) Henry’s Hiccup
x) A Matter of Principle
xi) The Hungarian Professor
xii) Old Love

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