The New Collected Short Stories

The New Collected Short Stories brings together three of Jeffrey Archer’s classic collections of short stories: To Cut a Long Story Short, Cat O’ Nine Tales and And Thereby Hangs a Tale, showcasing the master storyteller’s skill like never before.

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Synopsis for The New Collected Short Stories

Every reader will have their own favourites: the choices run from love at first sight across the train tracks to the cleverest of confidence tricks, from the quirks of the legal profession – and those who are able to manipulate both sides of the Bar – to the creative financial talents of a member of Her Majesty’s diplomatic service – but for a good cause. In ‘Caste-Off’, Jamwal and Nisha fall in love while waiting for a traffic light to turn green in Delhi, and in ‘Don’t Drink The Water’, a company chairman tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St Petersburg – with unexpected consequences . . .

The stories held in these pages are irresistible: ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and deliciously unexpected conclusions.




Jeffrey talks about his love of short stories.


"I love Jeffrey Archer but in this collection of short stories he has surpassed himself."

"A fabulous collection of short stories each a different tale with a great surprise ending. "

"Fantastic short reads and great value to have them collected together in one volume."

"Always enjoy Jeffrey Archer and this collection of short stories are up to his usual standard, keep you guessing until the end."

"There’s a tiny little story tucked in the first few pages as you open the book which had me hooked immediately."

"I cannot recommend this book highly enough."

"Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining . . . Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories."

The Times

Other Books in Short Stories

The Short, the Long and the Tall US Cover

The Short, The Long and The Tall



Tell Tale


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The New Collected Short Stories



And Thereby Hangs A Tale


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The Gospel According to Judas


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Cat O’ Nine Tales