New Age Archer
Jeffrey Archer with Nirmala Govindarajan
Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).
He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons and twenty-eight years as a Member of the House of Lords.
His novel, Nothing Ventured, the first of the new William Warwick books, was published in 2019, and Hidden in Plain Sight came out in October 2020.
Jeffrey is also an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 15 charity auctions a year, and has raised over £51m in the last 30 years for good causes.
He has been married to Dame Mary Archer DBE, Chairman of the Science Museum Group, for 54 years, and they have two sons, two grandsons, and two granddaughters.
Nirmala Govindarajan is an author, journalist and social sector documentarian. She endeavours to build an equitable world through her writing. Her new novel Taboo (Picador India, Pan Macmillan India, December 2019) is inspired by under-aged girls who are kidnapped and trafficked, and has been shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize, 2020 and nominated for the Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Awards 2020. Her recent novel Hunger’s Daughters (Om Books International, December 2018) is born out of her experience of documenting in India’s rural heartland. Nirmala has authored The Community Catalyst, recommended reading for civil services aspirants (Sapna Book House, 2016), and co-authored Mind Blogs 1.0 (Write Wing Media, 2010). In 2014, Nirmala co-curated the debut Times Literary Carnival, Bangalore, and in 2016, debuted the Literary Lounge series at the British Council, Bangalore. Most recently, Nirmala has pioneered the Writer’s Yatra and Reader’s Yatra experiences in offbeat locations. Nirmala dabbles in theatre, plays the western classical piano and violin. www.nirmalagovindarajan.com
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