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This Was a Man

(The Clifton Chronicles #7)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  22,808 ratings  ·  1,812 reviews
In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job. Sebastian Clifton beco ...more
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Published November 8th 2016 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 3rd 2016)
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Archer completes his heptalogy in fine form, coming full circle with the Cliftons and Barringtons, while peppering the narrative with other key characters and their plights from 1978-92. As the novel opens, the reader is left to wonder what has become of Karin Barrington, revealed to be working with the East German Government and in the clutches of her step-father and handler. Shots ring out and a body falls, but it turns out that MI6 has Karin protected and the ultimate traitor lies bleeding to ...more
Archit Ojha

And Jeffrey Archer does it again!

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Giving anything away of its synopsis would be an injustice to others. So I'll only talk about what I felt throughout the book.

Well, to start with, This Was Fabulous.


Since the first few words to the ending, it was a roller coaster ride.

There was no stopping to the adventurous expedition I had with the last series by Jeffrey Archer.

What I found extremely striking abou
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A bit too long on politics and a conniver to bring the rating any higher. 7 of 10 stars
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent ending to this series.
I cried my way through the final pages. I'm going to miss the Clifton's, Barrington's and all the others so much! I don't really have anything more to say, other than that I am very glad I began reading 'The Clifton Chronicles', it's been a wonderful journey.

Slight addition: While 'The Clifton Chronicles' have drawn to a close, I am looking forward to reading 'Heads You Win' and 'Nothing Ventured', both by Jeffrey Archer, and both with a strong connection to t
Ujjawal Sureka
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Clifton Chronicles #7
Genre: Historical fiction, Mystery, Drama
Publication Date: November 2016

A beautiful end to a thrilling series. The character arcs have progressed wonderfully. Their wisdom and elegance could be felt in the scenes and their interactions.

The ending was quite emotional, but had a poetic justice to it.

Author Jeffery Archer indeed is a master in story telling, an art form I would surely like to learn.
“My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.”

----Rick Riordan

Jeffrey Archer, the international bestselling author, is back with the final installment in The Clifton Chronicles called, This Was a Man that yet once again brings alive our favorite characters alive with new shocking twists and turns that will overthrow both the powerful families, the Barringtons and the Cliftons along with
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sunset book in the Clifton Chronicles is an average fare. Yes, it showed brilliance in parts, the cliched at places - but as the 7th book in the series it was much less dramatic.

I do not blame Archer since there are very few exciting plots one can design when your heroes are turning great grand parents and the villains have stopped concerning themselves with the Cliftons due to their own problems.

Harry has become Sir Harry and writing his masterpiece, Emma is in the house of Lords trying to
Rohit Enghakat
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally I have completed the last installment of the Clifton Chronicles. This was much better than the previous book in terms of drama and emotions. The piece about how Lady Virginia Fenwick finally pays for her crookedness was lame and the end to her chapter should have been more wicked. Jessica's and Giles' story ended somewhat predictably. However the climax was highly emotional and moving and Archer's hand shone in the speech Giles gave at Harry's memorial service. Truly exceptional. In the ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 7th and final book in the Clifton Chronicles series by Jeffrey Archer. Three years ago, I stumbled on to the first one by accident ( I liked the cover) and I have been hopelessly drawn to this series and the author ever since. This was the perfect ending to the series, even though this was slow to start.

I like the writing so so much. He has such an ease in this writing. The dialogue makes the characters shine. The details didn't feel laborious. There is always depth to the story and
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Was a Man

What an incredible series. I can't remember reading a series that I couldn't wait for the next book to be published every year. I wish I could have waited and read the whole story one book after the other but I don't have that kind of willpower when it comes to reading. This whole series was a masterpiece and I believe that Jeffrey Archer is one of the very best authors alive today. With all of that being said this book the last book in the series didn't have any big twist like the
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some authors do not know when to stop at a good point when working on a series, and Mr Archer went one too many with the Clifton Chronicles. In my opinion, a more appropriate title for this story would have been "This Was Lady Viriginia" as it seemed the story revolved around Giles Barrington's first wife. Significant life events were handled with a mere mention, like it was nothing at all. And the time spent on describing the details of a cricket match was such a waste for someone like me who h ...more
Sean Smart
An entertaining series ends with this rather flat conclusion where little is actually really concluded and a lot of Tory bias. I didn't really enjoy it as much as the others in the series and to be honest you don't really need to really this book, lots of things go unanswered
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too long on politics and a conniver to bring the rating any higher. 6 of 10 stars
All good things must come to an end and that is true with the Clifton Chronicles. This Was a Man is the seventh and final book in the series. I am left with mixed feelings. I am sad because I will miss Harry, Emma, Giles, and Sebastian. The ending was terrific and emotional but made sense and was fitting.

We learn the truth about Karin. Was she a spy? Did she die? Giles and the reader will learn the truth in this story. Harry sets out to write the book that he promised his mother he would while
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
There are two good things about this book: it is better than at least five of its predecessors and finally the Chronicles end. The book work in parts where the author sticks to the family and their interactions with each other.

That said, the book suffers from great negatives. As I have written before in the previous series book reviews, the Clifton family was not just unsuitable for a series of tales but did not even deserve a story. There are two reasons why one typically would read/write a ser
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the author's Clifton Chronicles series, like me, may hate to see it come to an end - it's rather like losing an old friend. For those who aren't familiar with the series, though, my suggestion is to pass on this one (or better yet, go back and read at least a few of the previous six). Why? Because while the author does a great job of wrapping up all the loose ends in the lives of the main characters, I think enjoyment and appreciation of the final product just won't be as satisfying for ...more
Graeme Stuart Waymark
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5-2016
While I waited for this last of the Clifton Chronicle Series to be written and published, I built up my expectations based on the overall four stars I gave to the series up to and including the penultimate one; however I believe I simultaneously developed an alternate reality of let down faced by many when reading the last in a series of few. In particular I recall spending over $30 for the pre-publishing rights to be mailed the last of the "Clan of the Cave Bear" series by Jean Auel. I was one ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, 2016
I knew what to expect with Book 7, and my review is pretty much the same as Book 6 however this time around I was not as into it. The “collection of short stories” feel was too high and I didn’t feel like there was a solid plot running through the book to tie everything together. It felt too random for me.

Here is what I wrote about Book 6:

“I’ve said before that you have to be in the right mood when you reach for a Jeffery Archer novel, and if you are you won’t be disappointed because you’ll get
A Man Called Ove
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Starting with something personal and a bit unrelated (anyways doubt if I can add to my reviews of the 6 earlier books :) - Often when I see witty speakers, I used to envy them and used to think that wit (and not substance) is all there is to public speaking. Thankfully, the Emma vs Giles scenes in the novel, in particular at the end has dispelled that notion once and for all from my mind.
A good end to the series. If u r a Jeffrey Archer fan, u will enjoy the series. If not, u may want to s
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I live in Florida in a town which is right in the path of Hurricane Irma. We've been preparing all day.... I've finally landed in my bed tonight (hopefully it's still here after the storm hits tomorrow) and I HAD to finish this book!!

That should tell Jeffrey Archer how much I've enjoyed this series!!

I will not give away any spoilers. I will say that I loved Giles' final speech in this book. It was great!!

The whole series was great! My attention wandered a handful of times. Other than that I'v
Debbi Olson
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I loved each of the previous six books of this series, but book 7 was not on par with the others. Of course it's a must-read if you've read the others, just to see how it concludes, but it felt hurried, not well thought out, and there was not a lot of focus, (At least not on the characters it should have been focused on.) Too much focus on the characters that were against the Clifton's, without a real satisfactory conclusion to them, and then they were just dropped. Harry, who you would think th ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! Finished this fine series. Wonderful storytelling with Book 7 doing a great job of ending the Harry and Emma Clifton Chronicles, while leaving other generations in play in the event the author wants to bring the family story to the present as we end in 1992.
Let me begin by saying that Archer has created some of the best evil antagonists I have ever read in this series - with maybe the best being Lady Virginia Fenwick who wound her way through most all of these books. One character in the
Tamsin Ramone
Firstly I have to state how disappointed I am that this is the final book in the series! I have loved the Clifton Chronicles, the twists and turns, highs and lows, never knowing who is going to turn up dead and who will get a giant wind fall. It has all the heroes and villains you could wish for although all of them are 2D and the characters are extremely under developed for a 7 part series. However, this doesn't put much of a damper on the exciting storyline.

I was surprised when I learnt this
Benjamin Thomas
I was very pleased to read this final entry in the 7-book series, The Clifton Chronicles and, happily, it fulfilled my expectations. There were some points during the novel that earned only 4 stars but the final few chapters were absolutely stellar and put the icing on the cake for the entire series. A very emotional ending (for it could be no other way given the nature of the series) but extremely satisfying in all regards. I can’t say much more without spoilage…so I won’t.
A great ending to a seven book series. I cried for the most part of the last 2 chapters... how embarrassing!
The Real Book Spy
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** Read this review and more at ***

Following the sixth installment of his bestselling series, Cometh The Hour, Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles continues, and ends, with This Was A Man. After six novels, countless cliffhangers, and hours and hours of keeping readers on the edges of their seats, it all comes down to this.

Jumping right in without missing a beat, Archer opens his latest novel with Giles Barrington finally learning the truth about his wife, Karin.

Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We’ve finally come to the last instalment in the Clifton Chronicles series. What was originally supposed to be a trilogy eventually turned into an amazing seven book series spanning more than 60 years, and I’m so glad it did. I have waited for this book (thankfully not so long in between book 6 and 7 this time!) to put an end to this fantastic series. I enjoyed every word and didn’t want the book to finish.

We meet Harry, Emma, Giles, Karin, Sebastian, Samantha, Jessica, Lady Virginia and all the
I have finally completed my last Jeffrey Archer book. I will never forget that his books were the first adult books I ever picked up when I was a child, or even the fact that he helped influence me to be a lawyer. I will never forget how I read nothing but his books in between Sweet Valley University and Harry Potter.

But, I’m a different reader now and I know the brilliance that was ‘Kane and Abel’ and ‘As The Crow Flies’ has come and gone.

Thank you, Lord Archer, for you shaped the reader that
This is the seventh and final book in the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer and ties up all the loose threads that still remain. Harry and Emma Clifton still have a strong marriage after more than fifty years. Harry, fulfilling his mother's last request, is working on his novel and Emma has taken a surprise job offer from new Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. They will both finally find out who Harry's real father is, when the Maple Leaf arrives at the shipping yard to be dismantled.

I can't
Teri Pre
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I kind of wish I'd waited until the series ended before I started reading it. There was so much I forgot. Also, I listened to the audio book and whoever thought that "The End" should come immediately after "This was a man." with no pause at all needs to be fired. Talk about ruining a good ending!
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