This Was a Man (Book 7)


This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies?

In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?

Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha’s talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.

Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.

In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

This Was a Man is the captivating final installment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer’s reputation as a master storyteller.


What do you think will happen in the final installment of the Clifton Chronicles?

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  11. Pam Wilson says:

    A bit late to the table! I read over 100 books during Covid but this series will remain with me. I’m already missing the Cliftons and Barringtons.

    I felt a bit sad in that JA connects Harry’s ‘magnum opus’ with his book Heads You Win. I absolutely loved that book so would have no problem with this except when you read the reviews, hardly anybody gets it! So I’m disappointed on his behalf that so many readers were unable to suspend their disbelief and really enter into what was a magnificent story.

  12. Dr. Ayodeji Daramola says:

    I read Kane and Abel years ago, and I loved it. However, I was disappointed by the ending of “This Was A Man.” Why did JA make Harry to smother Emma to death with a pillow at the end? JA should have allowed Emma to die a natural death since she had a terminal disease and had just days to live. Then, Harry’s death about nine days later would have been okay. But for JA to make Harry smother Emma, was parallel to Emma’s father Hugo Barrington smothering (allowing) Harry’s father Arthur Clifton to be sealed in the hull of the ship. Yes, the DNA test revealed that Arthur Clifton, not Hugo Barrington, was Harry’s father. So, Harry and Emma were not brother and sister. Also, JA did not explain how Freddie ended up being Giles’ son. Did he formally adopt Freddie? Or why did Freddie decide to change his last name to Barrington all of a sudden? Overall, the Clifton Chronicles is an interesting narrative. But, there are too many repetitions of the same themes.

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