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India has some fine leaders: British author Jeffrey Archer

Author and former politician Jeffrey Archer on researching about Stalin for his next book, and his belief that India has some fine leaders.

books Updated: Apr 07, 2014 19:03 IST
Heena Khan
Heena Khan
Hindustan Times

His biggest market is India. He quotes a certain Indian national daily who said that 15 million people in India have read Kane and Abel. And even as British author Jeffrey Archer is cross fingered on the release of the fourth installment to the Clifton Chronicle, Be Careful What You Wish For, the English author is already busy researching for his next.

"I am doing research on the Russian leader Stalin because he gets into the next book. I need to know a lot more about him before I can settle down to Book 5 of the Clifton Chronicles," says


. The author adds that the seven book saga — Clifton Chronicles — that stretches from 1920 to the present day, will keep him busy till 2017, after which he intends to write a set of short stories and one big novel.

With India going for the national elections in a week, Archer is also all praise for the Indian democracy. "We can take lessons from you just as easily as you can take from us. I’m ­fascinated by your politics … it’s the coalition which is ­interesting and it would be also interesting to see what would happen if you had a one-party government. You have some fine leaders, and getting them to work together is not an easy thing to do."


I would love to see one of my books on the big screen: Jeffrey Archer

As for his writing discipline, he says, "I’ve become almost more demanding with each new book. I do 12, 13, 14 drafts of each book, as I’m determined that it will be the best thing I’ve ever done. So, I don’t rely on the publisher to even see it before I’ve done 14 drafts, and I guess that will go on." The author shares that Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington in the Clifton Chronicles comes quite close to his real life persona.

"Harry Clifton in the Clifton Chronicles (comes close to me)…there is a bit of Giles Barrington in me as well. He became a member of parliament and was in the House of Commons, and so was I. So, there’s a little bit of Giles in me as well," says the prolific writer, who was recently ­celebrated by