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Meeting the Author Night: Jeffrey Archer
A Prisoner of Birth


Speaker: Mr Jeffrey Archer
Date: 31 March 2008 (Monday)
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Venue: Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
Language: English
This event is co-hosted by The University of Hong Kong Libraries and Swindon Books.


About the book

book cover A Prisoner of Birth

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig never should have met. One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his fiance up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister posed to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation.

A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to twenty-two years in prison, thanks to irrefutable testimony from Spencer, the prosecution's main witness.

Danny spends the next few years in a high-security prison while Spencer Craig's career as a lawyer goes straight up. All the while Danny plans to escape and wreak his revenge.

Thus begins Jeffrey Archer's poignant novel of deception, hatred and vengeance, in which only one of them can finally triumph while the other will spend the rest of his days in jail. But which one will triumph? This suspenseful novel takes the listener through so many twists and turns that no one will guess the ending, even the most ardent of Archer's many, many fans.


About the Speaker

image1 [Lord Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 May 1940) is a British best-selling author and former politician. As one of the youngest Members of Parliament at the age of 29, he served five years in the House of Commons, fourteen years in the House of Lords and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, however, ended after a conviction for perjury and he was subsequently imprisoned. Yet it was his time at Her Majesty's prisons that inspired the creation of his highly acclaimed Prison Diaries series and also formed the basis of his 14th novel "A Prisoner of Birth".]