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Every reader will have their own favourites: the choices run from love at first sight across the train tracks to the cleverest of confidence tricks, from the quirks of the legal profession - and those who are able to manipulate both sides of the bar - to the creative financial talents of a member of Her Majesty's diplomatic service - but for a good cause. In 'Caste-Off', J Every reader will have their own favourites: the choices run from love at first sight across the train tracks to the cleverest of confidence tricks, from the quirks of the legal profession - and those who are able to manipulate both sides of the bar - to the creative financial talents of a member of Her Majesty's diplomatic service - but for a good cause. In 'Caste-Off', Jamwal & Nisha fall in love while waiting for a traffic light to turn green in Delhi, and in 'Don't drink the water', a company chairman tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St.Petersburg - with unexpected consequences...


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Every reader will have their own favourites: the choices run from love at first sight across the train tracks to the cleverest of confidence tricks, from the quirks of the legal profession - and those who are able to manipulate both sides of the bar - to the creative financial talents of a member of Her Majesty's diplomatic service - but for a good cause. In 'Caste-Off', J Every reader will have their own favourites: the choices run from love at first sight across the train tracks to the cleverest of confidence tricks, from the quirks of the legal profession - and those who are able to manipulate both sides of the bar - to the creative financial talents of a member of Her Majesty's diplomatic service - but for a good cause. In 'Caste-Off', Jamwal & Nisha fall in love while waiting for a traffic light to turn green in Delhi, and in 'Don't drink the water', a company chairman tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St.Petersburg - with unexpected consequences...

30 review for The New Collected Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mie

    So many great stories with clever twists! Used these short stories as treats in between other books, so it has taken me about 6 months to read it - it probably won’t be the last time I read a collection of stories like that :-)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wan Peter

    Being not a fan of short stories and was a christmas gift I would say he show the magical story which hook it me all the way.His novels a waiting for me to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Layali

    Such an entertaining read. Each story is unique and very interesting that I am left with such a strong emotion at the end of every tale.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chethan R

    The New Collected Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer is a giant combo of 3 such smaller books - "To Cut A Long Story Short", "Cat O' Nine Tales" and "And Thereby Hangs A Tale". Several stories in the book are based on real incidents which is clearly marked in the index with an asterisk (*). While Jeffrey Archer is a great novelist, I did not find his short stories to be as appealing as his novels. Some were bland and easy to predict, which is why I have rated this 4 (3.5 to be exact) out of 5 stars. The New Collected Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer is a giant combo of 3 such smaller books - "To Cut A Long Story Short", "Cat O' Nine Tales" and "And Thereby Hangs A Tale". Several stories in the book are based on real incidents which is clearly marked in the index with an asterisk (*). While Jeffrey Archer is a great novelist, I did not find his short stories to be as appealing as his novels. Some were bland and easy to predict, which is why I have rated this 4 (3.5 to be exact) out of 5 stars. Some of the really impressive stories for me were - Too Many Coincidences, Both Sides Against The Middle, Something for Nothing, Other Blighters' Efforts from "To Cut A Long Story Short". I really did enjoy almost all the short stories from "Cat O' Nine Tales". Maybe the fact that most were based on true incidents really impressed me. Some of my favorites from "And Thereby Hangs A Tale" were Stuck On You, Where There's A Will, Members Only, The Undiplomatic Diplomat (Probably for the island theme), Better The Devil You Know and Caste Off A story doesn't have to be true to be gripping. It needs to be told by a master story teller. And Jeffrey Archer is certainly one true master.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shunya M

    For a reader life is nothing but a bundle of stories. Many prefer to call their life  magnum opus, a large best work of art and literature. I wish to enjoy the little tales of random mismatched cluster of words, this is what I will call life - My Life.  My love for short stories made me pick this fascinating book of 858 pages written by Jeffrey Archer and printed by Pan Books - The New Collected Short Stories. This book is not only a collection of stories it's a world of magic, a colourful brilli For a reader life is nothing but a bundle of stories. Many prefer to call their life  magnum opus, a large best work of art and literature. I wish to enjoy the little tales of random mismatched cluster of words, this is what I will call life - My Life.  My love for short stories made me pick this fascinating book of 858 pages written by Jeffrey Archer and printed by Pan Books - The New Collected Short Stories. This book is not only a collection of stories it's a world of magic, a colourful brilliance of life and a corner of happiness (at least for me)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sushanth Shajil

    Good, but mildly annoying. The stories in the book didn't give me enough closure. I was aware that this was intentionally done, so the reader can ponder about the possibilities of the ending. Great read, but still annoying. Good, but mildly annoying. The stories in the book didn't give me enough closure. I was aware that this was intentionally done, so the reader can ponder about the possibilities of the ending. Great read, but still annoying.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura Boudreau

    I love this author's short stories! Intriguing and entertaining. I love this author's short stories! Intriguing and entertaining.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mitch

    Thereby hangs a tale...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Akshita

    Really good collection of short stories!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Watts

    An interesting collection of short stories with some very clever confidence tricks. As I live in India the poignancy of the last story really resonated.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gowri N.

    Delightful collection, although some of the tales I wanted to re-read (the one where the son wants to be a chef against his dad's wishes. the one where a couple go to buy original Turkish carpets, etc) weren't a part of it as I had hoped. Archer's earliest works are still his best, no kidding. Delightful collection, although some of the tales I wanted to re-read (the one where the son wants to be a chef against his dad's wishes. the one where a couple go to buy original Turkish carpets, etc) weren't a part of it as I had hoped. Archer's earliest works are still his best, no kidding.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rohit Enghakat

    The book is strictly ok. The stories are from three books of the author, "To Cut A Long Story Short", "Cat 'O Nine Tales" and "Thereby Hangs a Tale". All the stories (approx 50) are "feel good" tales, some very good and some just about ok to read. Hence a three star rating. The book is strictly ok. The stories are from three books of the author, "To Cut A Long Story Short", "Cat 'O Nine Tales" and "Thereby Hangs a Tale". All the stories (approx 50) are "feel good" tales, some very good and some just about ok to read. Hence a three star rating.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ananya

    An interesting collection of heart-warming and tickling stories. I found relief in reading these stories during the mundane short breaks in between my work hours. Jeffrey Archer is indeed a master story teller as you'll find in these simple yet succinct narratives. An interesting collection of heart-warming and tickling stories. I found relief in reading these stories during the mundane short breaks in between my work hours. Jeffrey Archer is indeed a master story teller as you'll find in these simple yet succinct narratives.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon

    Great short stories! 'And thereby hangs a tale' was my favourite set of the three!! Great short stories! 'And thereby hangs a tale' was my favourite set of the three!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Akshansh Gupta

    Not great.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Souradeep Dirghangi

    A potpourri of themes. Quite a few of them are class apart with a few touching a chord....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Pieterse

    I'm a fan of short stories and Jeffrey Archer doesn't disappoint. Solid stories with plenty of twists in the tail. I'm a fan of short stories and Jeffrey Archer doesn't disappoint. Solid stories with plenty of twists in the tail.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Agamonee Barbaruah

    Every bit interesting as the author's other books. Loved it Every bit interesting as the author's other books. Loved it

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chandar

    Consummate artist toying with his craft. Quite a few short stories are quite entertaining. Most, though, traverse expected paths. But as always, Jeffrey Archer is an enjoyable way to pass time!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bernard Kipury

    A Fantastic book, am still reading it!...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amarnath Srinivasan

    Collection of the best stories by Archer ever.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erica Smythe

    A good book to dip into if you have a few minutes to read or if you don't want to concentrate only on one book. Some stories more interesting than others and some a few pages and others longer. A good book to dip into if you have a few minutes to read or if you don't want to concentrate only on one book. Some stories more interesting than others and some a few pages and others longer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shweta Choudhary

  24. 5 out of 5

    Arjumand Anjum

  25. 4 out of 5

    Supriya Manoj

  26. 5 out of 5

    Prasanna

  27. 4 out of 5

    Manish

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jali Zali

  29. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Kumar

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tan, Forbes

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