ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Kane and Abel’ creator floors one and all

Obliging the readers: Lord Jeffrey Archer autographs his book during the launch of the 30th anniversary edition of his masterpiece ‘Kane and Abel’ on Sunday.

Obliging the readers: Lord Jeffrey Archer autographs his book during the launch of the 30th anniversary edition of his masterpiece ‘Kane and Abel’ on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Staff Reporter

Best-selling author promises to come back to the city again and again



Jeffery Archer was on his maiden visit to the city

The British author is currently working on ‘Clifton Chronicles’



HYDERABAD: Jeffrey Archer is not just a master story-teller but quite regaling in person too. For one and half hours, the excited audience did nothing but gape, laugh, applaud and take in every word and witticism that came out of his mouth. Jeffrey Archer, the man whose writings they grew up with was there in the flesh and the crowd lapped up every moment.

Ask anyone who has been to Landmark store in Banjara Hills on a drizzling Sunday and they will testify to that. On his maiden visit to the city, Mr. Archer was here to launch the 30th anniversary edition of his all-time bestseller ‘Kane and Abel’.

The re-crafted version of the saga of two of his well-known protagonists, William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski is 7,000 words shorter than the first edition published in 1979 with no change in the plotline.

More streamlined

“It’s more streamlined and faster,” he remarked. The British author is currently working on ‘Clifton Chronicles’, a five-book saga about “a man who will be born on the first page in 1920 and will die on the last page of the last book,” set in 2020. “It is about his life in those 100 years.”

Asked if he intends to base a plot in India, he remarked, “You have four or five greatest writers on earth in this country. I can’t touch them..., their upbringing, their knowledge…”

But he disclosed a short story ‘Cast Off’ in his short story book, ‘And Thereby Hangs a Tale’ is based on “a Hindu love story” of a Delhi couple he saw “in front of my eyes.”

Narrating different aspects of his life right from the testing initial days trying to get his first novel published, after being rejected by 16 publishers and misadventures on talk shows in the US while promoting ‘Kane and Abel’ to his working style, lessons learnt from life and the bonding shared with fellow-prisoners during his time in jail, Mr. Archer was there bang on with his audience.

For those of you who missed him yesterday, fret not. His parting lines could do some solace: “I am gonna come back to the city again and again.”

Recommended for you