46 Jeffrey Archer Books In Chronological Order For All The Book Worms

Be sure to read them all!

Sanjana Iyengar

Jan 5, 2021|9 min read


Not a penny more not a penny less, The best-kept secret, A Twist in the Tale and many more! These fictional fantasies by Jeffrey Archer have left all his readers in awe and amusement. 

In the year 1940, Jeffrey Archer was born in Finsbury and shortly moved to Somerset with his family. In the year 1963, Archer was offered a place at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education to study for a Diploma of Education. 

After leaving Oxford, Archer continued as a charity fundraiser and at the age of 29, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Lincolnshire constituency of Louth. In 1974, Archer was subjected to a fraudulent investment scheme involving a Canadian company called Aquablast. The debacle cost him his first fortune and left him in knee-high debt.

During the autumn of 1974, Archer wrote his first book, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, as a means of avoiding bankruptcy. With this, there was no stopping. In 1979, he went on to author Kane and Abel that proved to be his best-selling work, reaching number one on The New York Times bestsellers list.

Here is a list of all of Jeffrey Archer books in chronological order for all the bookworms out there:

1) Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1975)

This is the first in the list of Jeffrey Archer books. It was said to have been inspired by Archer real-life experience of near-bankruptcy, which he wants nobody else to face.

2) Shall We Tell the President? (1977)

Jeffrey Archer is a fantastic writer, and the book Shall We Tell the President is a page-turner. This book is an entire package - thrill, passion, romance, and a lot more. You will find yourself served well as it hooks you from the very first page.

3) Kane and Abel (1979)

This Jeffrey Archer book revolves around the theme of vengeance. It was regarded as the New York Times bestseller at its time of release.

4) The First Miracle (1980)

This book makes a historic reference to Emperor Augustus Caesar, ruler of half the known world. This Jeffrey Archer book talks about nativity that takes an unexpected turn.

5) A Quiver Full of Arrows (1980)

A Quiver Full of Arrows is a collection of 12 stories that talks about an ancient heirloom and modern romance written by Jeffrey Archer

6) Willy Visits the Square World (1980)

Willy visits the Square World (1980) is children’s fantasy book written by Jeffrey Archer that revolves around the fictional characters Willy and his teddy bear-Rudolph.

7) By Royal Appointment (1980)

This is one of the very special Jeffrey Archer books as it introduced us to the world of cars long before Disney. The book, By Royal Appointment, narrates the tale of a race set up by the King and Queen to decide the fastest car. Cars of all kinds take part in it. There's one car that wins the race and one that wins the hearts.

8) Willy and The Killer Kipper (1981)

This Jeffrey Archer book brings back the fictional characters Willy and Rudolph who are on a quest to find their lost submarine, Neptune and are on a mission to save it from the clutches of Konrad the Killer Ripper.

9) The Prodigal Daughter (1982)

In this book by Jeffrey Archer, the fictional character Florentyna Rosnovski makes a comeback from his previous book Kane and Abel. With a strong will, Florentyna Rosnovski shares with her father the love for America and dreams of becoming the first female President.

10) First Among Equals (1984)

This is one of the most famous out of all the Jeffrey Archer books that follows the careers of 4 fictional politicians. Charles Seymour, Simon Kerslake, Ray Gould, and Andrew Fraser become rivals from strangers in no time. Their honours are tested, loyalties are betrayed, and love for family as well as the nation is challenged as the story progresses.

11) A Matter of Honour (1986)

A Matter Of Honor is one of the best works of Jeffrey Archer. Once you start reading the book, it is difficult to put down. A wonderful storyline that makes you want to keep going. The story revolves around Adam Scott and Alex Romanov. One is on the hunt for the pride and glory of his country and the other unwittingly drawn into the midst of a political battle for a priceless treasure.

12) Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1987)

This was the first play written by Jeffrey Archer in the year 1987. It ran at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End for over 600 performances, with Frank Finlay and Wendy Craig in the lead roles. The play deals with mystery associated with the lives of those in power and politics.

13) Exclusive (1989)

This blockbuster play was the second one to be written by Jeffrey Archer that ran at the strand theatre for 100 performances. As of today, the play is unavailable for production.

14) A Twist in the Tale (1989)

This Jeffrey Archer book is a collection of 12 mystery and thriller stories each with an intriguing and impressive plot. All of them are unforgettable, taking you to a ride of emotions. You will witness thwarted ambition, undying passion, and unswerving honour in this book.

15) As The Crow Flies (1991)

This Jeffrey Archer book follows the life of the poverty-stricken life of the protagonist -Charlie Trumper. The book, As the Crow Flies, brings to life the story of a common man's rise from rags to riches, while so many things are going in the world.

16) Honour Among Thieves (1993)

This is a fast-moving, intriguing and cracking good book by Jeffery Archer. Honour Among Thieves has a wickedly paced political plot, full of all the twists and turns. It talks about the Government of Clinton in the United States and the sinister plot, which is being masterminded six thousand miles away in Baghdad.

17) Twelve Red Herrings (1994)

Jeffrey Archer once again proves to be a blessing to his readers with this book of a dozen delightful stories with ingeniously plotted storylines. The book is a collection of short stories, with Archer wanting his readers to one a red herring in each story.

18) The Fourth Estate (1996)

This Jeffrey Archer book focuses on the life of two media barons who fight their ultimate battle to build the world's biggest media empire. They belonged to totally different backgrounds but somehow decided to risk everything they had to beat each other.

19) The Collected Short Stories (1997)

This book contains a collection of short stories that were a part of A Quiver Full of Arrows, A Twist in the Tale and Twelve Red Herrings.

20) The Eleventh Commandment (1998)

This international thriller by Jeffrey Archer talks about underground mafia and covert operations and an escape from a Vietnamese prison.

21) The Accused (2000)

The Accused has one of the most interesting storylines in all of Jeffrey Archer books that consist of a tense courtroom drama. It’s an open-ended story where the audience acts as the jury and must take their stand.

22) To Cut a Long Story Short (2000)

This Jeffrey Archer book consists of 14 short tales that are rendered with the breathtaking narrative twists that have become the  Archer hallmark.

23) A Prison Diary Hell, Volume I (2002)

This is the first book in the Prison Diaries series wherein Archer talks about his life in prison and his convictions for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

24) Sons of Fortune (2003)

Jeffrey Archer book-Sons of Fortune tells the story of a pair of twins who are separated by fate and reunited by destiny. They grew up without knowing about the existence of each other. One of them stays with their parents while the other one becomes the son of a wealthy CEO. 

25) A Prison Diary, Purgatory, Volume II (2004)

Through his second book in the series, Jeffrey Archer narrates his day-to-day life in varying levels of detail depending on whether anything of interest happens.

26) A Prison Diary, Heaven, Volume III (2004)

27) False Impression (2006)

This Jeffrey Archer book made him one of the greatest popular novelists of his time, and this novel proves to be a page-turning thriller.

28) Cat O’ Nine Tales (2006)

Jeffrey Archer book - Cat O’ Nine Tales is his fifth collection of short stories that like his others, have succeeded to captivate and enthral his readers.

29) The Gospel According to Judas (2007)

This book by Jeffrey Archer and Frank Moloney portrays the events of the New Testament in Judas Iscariot’s perspective. It is presented in gospel style with two-colour text, ribbon marker and gilded edges. You would find it interesting as it is a gripping account of the stories of Jesus and Judas.

30) A Prisoner of Birth (2008)

Believed to be Jeffrey Archer's finest work, A Prisoner of Birth is a mystery novel. It introduces us to Danny Cartwright, who is wrongly accused and imprisoned for the murder of his brother-in-law. There, he meets the enigmatic Sir Nicholas Moncrieff and they become friends thereafter.

31) Paths of Glory (2009) 

This Jeffrey Archer book follows the journey of George Mallory an adventurist who died attempting to climb Everest in the 1920s.

32) And Thereby Hangs A Tale (2010)

“And Thereby Hangs A Tale “ is Jeffrey Archer sixth collection of short stories in which most of the tales are based on Archer travels in his previous years.

33) Only Time Will Tell (2011)

Jeffrey Archer book- “Only Time Will Tell “is the first in the Clifton Chronicles series. It is set in the time between World Was 1 and World War 2 and centres around the life of the protagonist-Harry Clifton.

34) The Sins Of The Father (2012)

Jeffrey Archer book- “ The Sins Of The Father“is the second in the Clifton Chronicles series. It has a mysterious track and language, which keeps the readers hooked till the end.

35) Best Kept Secret (2013) 

Best Kept Secret is the third book in the Clifton Chronicles and follows the life of Harry as he starts a family. There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns in the plot and the story ends (yet again) with a cliffhanger.

36) Be Careful What You Wish For (2014)

The fourth book in the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer revolves around the lives of the Barrington-Clifton family during the years 1957 to 1964.

37) The New Collected Short Stories (2014)

Jeffrey Archer book - “The New Collected Short Stories “ clubs together with his 3 iconic stories- To Cut a Long Story Short, Cat O’ Nine Tales and And Thereby Hangs a Tale.

38) Mightier Than the Sword (2015)

Jeffrey Archer continues to impress his readers as he makes a comeback with the fifth book of the Clifton Chronicles.

39) Cometh the Hour (2016)

Jeffrey Archer book, “Cometh the Hour“is the sixth in the Clifton Chronicles series and follows the life of Harry Clifton from the year 1920.

40) This Was A Man (2017)

This Was A Man is the last book in the Clifton Series authored by Jeffrey Archer. It is like saying goodbye to all the old friends with a sad ending.

41) Tell Tale (2017)

Jeffrey Archer once again delights his readers with yet again a collection of a magical and fascinating collection of short stories- “Tell Tale”

42) Heads You Win (2018)

Jeffrey Archer book Heads You Win is a historical fiction and thriller novel that was The #1 Bestseller when it was released. It is considered to be one of the most creative and ambitious works delivered by Archer.

43) Nothing Ventured (2019)

This mystery thriller novel by Jeffrey Archer was regarded as The Sunday Times #1 Bestseller. Like all his other works, this Jeffrey Archer book will  guarantee to keep you hooked to it 

44) Hidden in Plain Sight (2020)

Jeffrey Archer book Hidden in Plain Sight will definitely captivate you with its storyline and impress you with Archer unique style of writing.

45) The Short, The Long and The Tall (2020)

The Short, The Long and The Tall is the latest collection of short stories by Jeffrey Archer that was published in October 2020.

46) Turn a Blind Eye 

Jeffrey Archer book- Turn a Blind Eye is the third instalment in the gripping story of Detective Inspector William Warwick who is also the protagonist of the books- “Nothing Ventured” and “Hidden In Plain Sight “ It is expected to release in April 2021.

Jeffrey Archer is a prolific writer and storyteller, and his background as a politician informs his work. His books and novels revolve around the genres of mystery, thriller, fiction is by far the best in their kind. His storylines and plots that are only made better with his unique and creative writing style have given him a fan following across the globe.

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