Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English novelist, life peer, convicted criminal, and former politician. Before becoming an author, Archer was a Member of Parliament (1969–1974), but did not seek re-election after a financial scandal left him almost bankrupt.
Archer revived his fortunes as a novelist. His 1979 novel Kane and Abel remains one of the best-selling books in the world, with an estimated 34 million copies sold worldwide. Overall his books have sold more than 320 million copies worldwide.
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- I'm what you might call centre-right but I've always disliked the right wing as much as I've disliked the left wing.
- Comment about his own political ideology. From a Question and Answer interview on BBC New Online. (February 1, 1999) Url accessed on December 12, 2008.