- A Matter of Honour by Jeffrey Archer
Hodder, 350 pp, £9.95, June 1986, ISBN 0 340 39365 3
Jeffrey Archer has taken to books as other men to property or publishing: as a way to get rich. As is well known, he wrote Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less in order to escape the coils of bankruptcy and to pay his debts. That he should have done so triumphantly is a measure of his guts and application. But courage in adversity is one thing, literary merit quite another. His books are bad.