Archer dinner speech

Jeffrey Archer

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BEST-SELLING author, ex-prisoner and Tory politician Jeffrey Archer will get up close and personal with the guests of a black tie dinner hosted by the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club in April.

Lord Archer will be guest speaker at the HSBC sponsored event called Up Close and Personal with Jeffrey Archer: a Private Encounter with the Man, his Books and his Life at the Mount Murray on Thursday, April 26.

Archer has sold more than 270 million copies of his books in 97 countries and is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories and non-fiction. The 71-year-old’s next novel, The Sins of the Father, is volume two of a five-book saga called The Clifton Chronicles and is due to be published in March.

Born in London to Lola and William, Archer grew up in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset before becoming a PE teacher and then studying teaching in Oxford. After graduating, he worked for the medical charity National Birthday Trust before beginning a career in politics. He served as a Conservative councillor on the Greater London Council between 1967 and 70. He then became MP for Louth in Lincolnshire before serving five years in the House of Commons and 19 in the House of Lords. He was made Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party between 1985 and 1986 by Margaret Thatcher and a Life Peer in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1992.

In 1999, he was charged with perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. He was found guilty of committing the crimes during a successful 1987 libel case against The Daily Star which had reported that he’d paid for sex with a prostitute. He was released in July 2003, having served two years.

An avid art collector and amateur auctioneer, Jeffrey has been married for 46 years to Dr Mary Archer, who is chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Having left politics far behind, he concentrates fully on writing.

His first book Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976)was an instant success, but it was his second book Kane and Abel (1979) which proved to be his best-selling work, reaching number one on the New York Times bestsellers list. His works have been dramatised for TV in Britain and the States. He has also been portrayed on the screen himself. Most notably by Damien Lewis in the BBC’s Jeffrey Archer: The Truth (2002).

Kevin Cartledge, senior manager at HSBC in the Isle of Man, said: ‘The calibre of speakers at the Sporting and Dining Club’s dinners continues to get stronger and stronger and I am sure that many people will be keen to come and hear from Jeffrey Archer, one of the most recognisable political characters and prolific story tellers of our day.

‘Having recently announced that over £30,000 has been raised for local charities through these dinners since they began in 2006, I’m looking forward to seeing that total increase significantly this year.’

John Wannenburgh of the Sporting and Dining Club added: ‘Jeffrey can draw on an extraordinarily broad range of experiences, achievements and interests for what promises to be a fascinating, enlightening and highly entertaining dinner.’

Dinner tickets for Jeffrey Archer, costing £65 for club members and £75 for non-members are available from John on 495749 or by emailing

This month’s dinner, on January 26, with guest speaker entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey, quickly sold out.

As usual a charity raffle will be held with all funds raised this time being donated to an island charity chosen by HSBC. At the last dinner of 2011, at which the guest speaker was Michelle Mone, £920 was raised for the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (IOM).

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