It’s not everyday that a writer of Jeffrey Archer’s calibre visits the buzzing megalopolis of Mumbai.
And while lines outside ATMs have become commonplace, longer lines waited patiently, to get an autograph on Jeffrey Archer’s latest piece of fiction. And the master storyteller, who has always considered India a great market, held audiences in thrall, with the seventh and final volume of his popular “Clifton Chronicles” series.
On a whirlwind four city tour, Archer concluded the last leg of his India visit, in Mumbai- at Crossword Bookstores, Kemp’s Corner, for the launch of “This Was a Man”, the captivating final installment of the “Clifton Chronicles”. Spanning the 20th century, “The Clifton Chronicles” is a gripping family saga of the trials and tribulations of the Clifton and Barrington’s, two families at opposite ends of the social spectrum.
The Master steps in
As soon as Jeffrey reached the Crossword Bookstore at Kemp’s Corner, he was cheered by a huge turnout of fans. Jeffery, delighted to see his fans, thanked everyone by saying, “A lot of people ask me why I keep coming back to India again and again. It is lovely to be back here. If you are received like this, you will come back to India again and again. My friends in Britain ask me who comes to see you and I tell them I am surrounded by beautiful Indian women and that makes them very jealous,” said Jeffery cheekily.The master wordsmith called the Clifton Chronicles series his best work. He also announced that he is writing a series of short stories that will be launched early next year.
When asked by a fan who is his favorite Indian author, Jeffery said that R. K. Narayan is a genius storyteller who he believes deserves a Nobel prize.
On a parting note he said, “I am not a writer. I am a story teller. Story telling is a god’s gift and I just got lucky.” And for the lovely ladies in the crowd, he said, “The future of this country rests with the next generation of women.”
Kinjal Shah, CEO Crossword Bookstores, who hosted Archers 4-city tour, said, ‘Archer is unarguably one of the most popular fiction writers in India. Every
time he comes to India, he is greeted by packed audiences, who hang on to his every word. We must remember, that to many of us, he represents one of the greatest wordsmiths of our times, and his stories will remain with many generations to come.’
“This concludes a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Archer’s reputation as an exemplar novelist”, said publishers Pan Macmillan India.