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.

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.

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Reviews

Probably the greatest storyteller of our age

Mail on Sunday

If there was a Nobel Prize for storytelling, Archer would win

Daily Telegraph

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

2020

Tell Tale

2017

And Thereby Hangs A Tale

2010

Cat O’ Nine Tales

2006

To Cut a Long Story Short

2000

The Collected Short Stories

1997