20 May 2008

Jeffrey Archer set to base next novel in India

Jeffrey Archer set to base next novel in India

There is good news for all fans of Jeffrey Archer – the best-selling novelist is touring India to promote his later offering A Prisoner of Birth.

The life of the man is nearly as colourful as his novels. Archer, a former Member of Parliament also ran a Canadian company called Aquablast and was even gaoled for fraud.

“Lots of people have colourful lives. It doesn't mean they can sit down and tell a story,” Archer said.

In the Capital to launch A Prisoner of Birth, published by Macmillan, Archer is so overwhelmed by the Indian experience that he is already planning to set his next novel in India.

“After the Indian tour, my wife and I are taking a holiday and then I'm going to write. Possibly that's all I can tell you now that it takes place in India,” he revealed.

A Prisoner of Birth and three volumes of A Prison Diary later, it is life behind bars that continues to fascinate the author.

“It's the story of a young man who takes his girlfriend for dinner and asks her to marry him, (then) gets involved in a fight that has nothing to do with him,” Archer explained.

But more than fascination, it is the pressure to deliver a bigger bestseller each time.

Love him or trash him, you just cannot ignore Lord Jeffrey Archer, whose works have been translated into 32 languages and have sold over 135 million copies. For those who are new to the writer, this might be the right time to pick up A Prisoner of Birth, which is already a bestseller in India.

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