The Short, The Long and The Tall

In The Short, The Long and The Tall the master storyteller joins forces with renowned illustrator Paul Cox, to re-imagine twenty of Jeffrey Archer’s most popular and feted short stories alongside beautifully rendered watercolour illustrations.

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Synopsis for The Short, the Long and the Tall

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to solve a murder and ends up falling in love; and the pretentious schoolboy whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life forever. Revel in the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and has an encounter she will never forget.

Discover the haunting story about four men whose characters are tested to the point of death. Finally, a short parable about how pointless war is, and how decent people are caught up in the crossfire of their leaders’ ambitions. This will be a must-buy for dedicated fans of both the author and illustrator’s work. For the first time, his readers have chosen their 20 of their favourite original short stories and here they are, gathered in an illustrated collection.


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Jeffrey talks about his love of short stories.


"If you are new to his short stories then it is a delightful read."

"Jeffrey Archer never disappoints. This was a great collection of short stories that kept my attention until the very end."

"Based on this book, I will definitely be reading more short stories from this author."

"I am not even halfway through this book but have thoroughly enjoyed each short story so far and am looking forward to reading the rest."

"Jeffrey Archer is one of my favourite authors. "

"Short stories by a master writer - each story is a gem in itself."

"This would be a great holiday book."

"Loved these short stories. "

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