Jeffrey Archer: My first author signing :)

Guess what??? Obviously you did from the title, but I want to say it out. I went to a signing by Jeffrey Archer on Sunday. yay!!!

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Honestly, I have not read a single book by him, except half of Kane and Abel. But even if you haven’t read any of his work, you must have heard about him, right? So when I got a message that he was coming to my city for the launch of the book ‘Paths of Glory”, I had to go. I’ve never been to any signing or author event before, because there are next to none in my city.

We reached 15 mins early but the space was packed. I mean I didn’t expect so many people would turn up (nor I think the staff did). Jeffrey Archer came right on time.

He was so funny and quick witted and he commanded attention from each and every person. He spoke about his latest book “Paths of Glory”. Apparently, it’s based on a true story. It’s about George Mallory who went on a mountaineering expedition to Everest and in 1924. He disappeared for a while and was found dead on the mountain in 1999. Sounds interesting to me.

Among Indian writers he said he loved R.K.Narayanan. Unfortunately, I have read just one short story collection by him called “Malgudi days”.

He also spoke about his first book “Not a penny less, not a penny more”. It was rejected 14 times and it sold only 3000 copies. His second book “Kane and Abel” shot to the top of the New York times best selling list. Talking about Kane and Abel, he said that 30 years after it was first published, he thought he could revisit it and slip the changes, if any, in the next edition. But he ended up almost re-writing it. The re-written version is 7,200 words short and it’s going to be available in October this year. And the older version will go out of print for a while.

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Next, he is working on a short story collection and a book which will be a family saga.

I really loved what he said about storytelling. He said everyone can be a writer but very few people are storytellers. It’s a god given gift. He said Charles Dickens and R.K.Narayan are one of the best examples.

Sorry for the choppy update, I wrote whatever I could remember. And obviously there aren’t many pictures, because he said he was getting distracted by the camera flashes. I got the book ‘Paths of Glory” signed by him, but again he said there won’t be any dedications as the line was huge.

After we were done, we went to my favorite Chinese place and had some yummy food. I wanted to take pictures of the food the way Alice does, lol , but we were so hungry, it kind of slipped out of my mind.

Have you been to a Jeffrey Archer signing before? Have you read any of his books? Which one is your favorite? What do you think about the new version of Kane and Abel? Would you buy it?

I'm trying not to smile like an idiot

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26 thoughts on “Jeffrey Archer: My first author signing :)

  1. I have never read any of his books, but my Dad raves about them. I don’t really trust his opinion on books, but I have been tempted to try one on several occasions – just so I can talk about books with him. Why didn’t you get to the end of Kane and Abel?

    • oh…it was very huge, I read half and somehow I got sidetracked (I was in college then) and didn’t pick it up for a couple of months. When I got back to it I realized I would have to read the 300 pages that I had already read, to understand the rest. Frankly, I was not in the mood. but I might give his new edition a try, after all it is 7,200 words short πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! Exciting! Not my favourite writer (and definitely not my favourite politician!) but as you say, you don’t turn down an opportunity like that.

    Thanks for sharing photos, too!

  3. That looks like a lot of fun. I haven’t read him either, but I did read a newspaper article he wrote about Mallory when Paths of Glory was published here and it sounded very good.

  4. I read both Kane and Abel and Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less years ago and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Funnily enough, a work colleague has recently lent me all 3 volumes of his Prison Diaries! Not sure if/when I’ll get round to reading them.

  5. Congrats on your first author signing!!! It looks like people were ready to take pictures like crazy. So many cameras and people. Glad you had a great time and got your book signed. I love author events.

  6. Wow, that’s so exciting, Violet! I know I’d be thrilled if I ever go to any book signing event!

    I’m glad you had a great time! Thanks so much for sharing with us! πŸ™‚

  7. How fun! I’m glad you had fun. I’ve not read any Archer (and at 7200 pages? or words?!) I probably won’t. Thanks for sharing this – love th pics.

  8. Oh come on! You could have at least let me know over email… I missed this!!! And I like the guy!!!! His books are solid and I’m a huge fan :(( I’ve read most of them, and the best are: Kane and Able, As the Crow Flies, Shall we tell the president, The prodigal daughter, etc etc.

    Oh come on! 😦

  9. Thank you so much for posting about this! I love to read about other people’s experiences. I would so love to meet Jeffrey Archer. I read Kane and Abel when I was a sophmore in high school. This novel had a great impact on me at the time and I think I can honestly say that it was the first adult novel to do that. I don’t think that I would have loved The Great Gatsby as much had that not happened. I can’t really explain what that was per se – the novel, the love of novels… Who can be sure after so many years. Anyway, one of our assignments during my English class that year was to write a short story. Mine was very much inspired by that novel. I have very few memories of it today, though. This will definitely be something I need to reread. I still have my notebook from that class. I would love to have him sign that.

    Thanks again for posting this, Violet! What’s different about the new version? I read a library copy of Kane and Abel almost 25 years ago now… πŸ™‚

    • Wow…I didn’t know Kane and Abel had that effect on people. I don’t know whats different in the new edition, he just said he has almost rewritten it, but obviously the story line should be the same.

  10. I’ve never read any Jeffrey Archer, but I imagine how exciting it must have been for you! I’m glad you had such a good time. I never get to go to any author signings…they almost never happen in my little corner of the world.

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