Best Kept Secret

The third in the best-selling Clifton Chronicles

Publishing on 6 March 2013 in India by Pan Macmillan India (Rs. 350 Paperback)

The author will travel to Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and New Delhi to Landmark stores from 10th to 15 March 2013 as part of the


MUMBAI 11th March at 7 p.m. at Landmark, Infiniti Mall, Andheri West
BANGALORE 12th March at 7 p.m. at Landmark, The Forum Mall, Koramangala
CHENNAI 13th March at 7 p.m. at Landmark, Apex Plaza, Numgambakkam
NEW DELHI 15th March at 7 p.m. at Landmark, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj
'You don't sell 250 million copies of your books (250 million!) if you can’t keep an audience hooked – and that’s what Archer does, book after book'—The Times

'Archer knows how to dole out tiny crumbs of suspense right up to the last page, which ends with . . . a really excellent cliff-hanger’
—Washington Post
With a writing career spanning 36 years, Jeffrey Archer remains one of the most successful storytellers of our age. He first burst onto the literary scene in 1975 with Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, followed four years later by the phenomenally successful Kane and Abel, still one of the biggest bestsellers of all time now on its 93rd reprint. Eighteen novels, six collections of short stories, four books for children, and three volumes of non fiction later, he continues to captivate readers with intriguing characters, ingenious plots, and his trademark surprise endings. He has now sold more than 250 million copies worldwide, is published in 97 countries and in more than 37 languages.

The only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (sixteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries), in 2011 Jeffrey Archer embarked on his most ambitious project to date. Spanning the 20th century, the Clifton Chronicles is a gripping family saga of the trials and tribulations of the Clifton and Barringtons, two families at opposite ends of the social spectrum.

Best Kept Secret is the highly anticipated third instalment and takes the reader on a breakneck journey from Bristol to the USA and on to Buenos Aires in the mid 1950s. It bears all the hallmarks of a classic Archer thriller, keeping the reader guessing throughout with his fast-paced narrative and nail-biting cliffhangers.

Says Jeffrey Archer on travelling to India for the launch, ‘Everyone knows my love of India, and I’m delighted to be back again with the third volume of The Clifton Chronicles, Best Kept Secret. Don’t keep it secret – let everyone know! I’m also delighted that Landmark is running the tour for Best Kept Secret. Nobody does it better.

‘We are very excited to have our biggest and best-selling author back in India to launch the third book in the Clifton Chronicles saga. Jeffrey continues to enthral audiences all over and we are delighted that he has chosen to launch the book in India first, ahead of its global launch.’ says Rajdeep Mukherjee, Vice President and Head of Pan Macmillan India

About Best Kept Secret
Harry Clifton, now a best-selling novelist, has built a new life with Emma Barrington and their son Sebastian. As they begin their married life together, they face danger and disloyalty not only from within the Barrington family but from a shady figure from Harry’s past.

The cast of colourful characters includes the scheming Lady Virginia and a ruthless South American criminal, Don Pedro Martinez. As in the first two novels, the drama is seen through the eyes of each of the main characters, highlighting how differently they perceive the action that unfolds before the readers’ eyes.

This instalment of the mesmerizing saga brings us up to the 1960s, with another dramatic and unexpected ending with tragic consequences.
About the author
Educated at Wellington School, Somerset, and Oxford University, Jeffrey Archer gained an athletics Blue, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966.

Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons, twenty years in the House of Lords, and two at Her Majesty’s pleasure, during which time he wrote three highly acclaimed Prison Diaries.

His other best-selling novels include Paths of Glory and A Prisoner of Birth. The success of the first two volumes of the Clifton Chronicles confirms that Jeffrey’s books are as popular as ever. Only Time Will Tell and The Sins of the Father both reached Number One in the hardback fiction charts in UK and were also huge global successes – in India, Only Time Will Tell was at Number One for 12 weeks; in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa it reached Number One and spent six weeks in the top ten bestseller lists.

Jeffrey is also an amateur auctioneer, conducting around 30 charity auctions a year, and has raised over £40 million for various charities during the past 32 years.

He is married to Dame Mary Archer DBE. They have two sons, and live in London and Cambridge.