This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer

And yes, the Clifton Chronicles comes to an end.

The 7th and final book of the series came out earlier this month, and I made sure to order my copy. And I have not been disappointed. There could not have been a better way to end the tale about the life and times of Harry Arthur Clifton 🙂

There are many many wonderful authors out there who bring out masterpieces every now and then. But Jeffrey Archer is one who brings out a masterpiece – a bestseller, every single time he publishes! There is just something about his books. To me, they are like comfort food. When you finish reading one, you are bound to feel satisfied. Content. Happy.

The series started with Only Time will Tell in 2011, about a tiny boy named Harry Clifton, born in the dockyards of Bristol. Harry gets allotted the bed next to a Giles Barrington early on in school. And that perhaps changed both of their lives. Harry then goes on to marry Emma Barrington, Giles’ sister. The rest of the series records all their lives. Now a seven book series talking about just the life of one family might sound boring from the outside. That is where you are in for a surprise. Each book, though about the Cliftons and the Barringtons, has one central plot to it. And until the last moment, you are kept guessing as to what the outcome will be. The sheer brilliance of Jeffrey Archer!

This Was A Man begins where Cometh the Hour left us. Is Karin, the woman Giles Barrington loves, a Soviet spy? What is in store for Emma Barrington, now that Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of UK? Will she have to fight her brother, Giles, in the House of Lords? The love between Harry and Emma, which had been shining bright right from book 1, reaches its crescendo in book 7. On top of all this, one of the main characters gets diagnosed with a serious medical ailment.

This being the last book in the series, I felt that the story was becoming a little too predictable (possibly because of familiarity with the lead characters). To be frank, I was a little disappointed that I could foresee what was going to happen. That was when Archer chose to strike. An amazing twist. Towards the final 100 pages- and I was left humbled before the master storyteller! 😉


Love, friendship and family – these three form the heart of the Clifton Chronicles. Over 6 years and 7 books – I must say I enjoyed the journey. For those of you who have not read them, lucky for you. You do not have to wait for an entire year between books to find out what happens! Go grab a copy and give them a read! 🙂


Favourites from the book:
Line– This was the noblest Roman of them all!
Character– Harry Clifton. No second thoughts.
Takeaways– Love conquers all 🙂


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