Mightier Than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham’s maiden voyage across the Atlantic – but how many passengers lose their lives?

The fifth novel in the epic Clifton Chronicles series.

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Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham’s maiden voyage across the Atlantic – but how many passengers lose their lives?

When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who’s imprisoned in Siberia. Babakov’s crime? Writing a book called Uncle Joe, a devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin.

So determined is Harry to see Babakov released and the book published, that he puts his own life in danger.

His wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign, and Lady Virginia Fenwick will stop at nothing to cause Emma’s downfall.

Sir Giles Barrington is now a minister of the Crown, and looks set for even higher office, until an official trip to Berlin does not end as a diplomatic success. Once again, Giles’s political career is thrown off balance by none other than his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher, who once again stands against him at the election. But who wins this time?

In London, Harry and Emma’s son, Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing’s Bank in London, and has proposed to the beautiful young American, Samantha. But the despicable Adrian Sloane, a man interested only in his own advancement and the ruin of Sebastian, will stop at nothing to remove his rival.

Jeffrey Archer’s compelling Clifton Chronicles continue in this spellbinding story with all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the world’s most popular authors.


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Jeffrey Archer discusses Mightier Than the Sword, Volume 5 of The Clifton Chronicles.
Video courtesy of Pan Macmillan UK.


"Well done Jeffrey Archer, a great talent for storytelling. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."

"Oh my goodness, I cannot wait for the next book in this magnificent series. This would make a great television drama. "

"I have been glued to my Kindle, reading all of Harry's adventures - wonderful cast - do hope someone takes this up to make a TV series. "

"I hate to wish my life away but am now counting the weeks until the next instalment! "

"I have absolutely loved this Clifton series and as each book finishes I just can't wait to start the next one."

"Sadly this book only kept me occupied for just over a day – unputdownable!"

"This is the fifth book in the Clifton series and it's an absolute cracker."

"Jeffrey Archer is a great storyteller… this series is by far the best he has ever written."

"This series is wonderful and engaging, I couldn't put it down. The only time I wasn't reading was when I fell asleep reading."

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