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As the Crow Flies Growing up in the slums of East End London, Charlie Trumper dreams of someday running his grandfather s fruit and vegetable barrow That day comes suddenly when his grandfather dies leaving him the floundering business With the help of Becky Salmon, an enterprising young woman, Charlie sets out to make a name for himself as The Honest Trader But the brutal onset of World War I takes Charlie far from home and into the path of a dangerous enemy whose legacy of evil follows Charlie and his family for generationsEncompassing three continents and spanning over sixty years, As the Crow Flies brings to life a magnificent tale of one man s rise from rags to riches set against the backdrop of a changing century


About the Author: Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston super Mare born 15 April 1940 is an English author and former politician.He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992 His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright and short story writer.Wikipedia linkhttp us.macmillan.com author jeffre



10 thoughts on “As the Crow Flies

  1. Luffy Luffy says:

    Jeffrey Archer has proven himself many times As The Crow Flies proves that he hit the ground running and was already a very good storyteller while young He knows that even if he repeats himself, as long as there are enough new twists to the plot of any of his book, he ll be forgiven, and his works, enjoyed I was thoroughly entertained reading this book which has a few lulls, but which forced me to have stakes in the story at a time when I felt temporarily indifferent After all why should I c Jeffrey Archer has proven himself many times As The Crow Flies proves that he hit the ground running and was already a very good storyteller while young He knows that even if he repeats himself, as long as there are enough new twists to the plot of any of his book, he ll be forgiven, and his works, enjoyed I was thoroughly entertained reading this book which has a few lulls, but which forced me to have stakes in the story at a time when I felt temporarily indifferent After all why should I care if a millionaire even self made is risking his benefits and at worst, would be a bit poorer No skin off MY nose Well the author had other thoughts He made me care I no longer think Kane And Abel is this writer s best book That praise went to Be Careful What You Wish FornowI m no longer sure This book, which I ve just read, is one of the strongest 5 star books I ve ever rated The plot points, fleshed out through the way characters behave, present themselves and motivate themselves, generate inexhaustible supply of surprises Everything is perfectly clear in the book As The Crow Flies defies any gross accusation that can be thrown at it It deserved to be read It s pure entertainment, of the type that can only be offered by books and their makers


  2. Johnny Williams Johnny Williams says:

    OH my what do I say This book was published some 20 years ago but truly it is timeless The joy in this novel is in the story telling all 600 pages of it devoted to draw you into the richness of the characters as they are woven into this saga spanning decades Many authors have made their books long but end up just filling the pages with fluff.not so for archer I relished each page and was sort of disappointed when I reached the end.The character s individual parts are stories within t OH my what do I say This book was published some 20 years ago but truly it is timeless The joy in this novel is in the story telling all 600 pages of it devoted to draw you into the richness of the characters as they are woven into this saga spanning decades Many authors have made their books long but end up just filling the pages with fluff.not so for archer I relished each page and was sort of disappointed when I reached the end.The character s individual parts are stories within themselves but Archer weaves them into the overall story like the master story teller he is You will love some and really hate others as Archer brings them to life for you.This is really the life story of a man named Charlie Trumper born into poverty with great dreams and the disposition to fulfil them This book was a great read and I am a better person for reading it and sharing Charlie s pursuit of his dreams and life


  3. Betsy Betsy says:

    I m a sucker for Jeffrey Archer, 20th Century London and epic novels, so it s no surprise that I ve read As the Crow Flies a dozen times Following the life of Charlie Trumper beginning at the turn of the century, the book takes readers on a journey through both world wars, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and the swinging 60 s While the story is about Charlie s success in retail, the core of the story revolves around his wife, his son and his fierce rivalry with the Trentham family This is I m a sucker for Jeffrey Archer, 20th Century London and epic novels, so it s no surprise that I ve read As the Crow Flies a dozen times Following the life of Charlie Trumper beginning at the turn of the century, the book takes readers on a journey through both world wars, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and the swinging 60 s While the story is about Charlie s success in retail, the core of the story revolves around his wife, his son and his fierce rivalry with the Trentham family This is a fun read with plenty of drama woven through the book


  4. Rob Rob says:

    As The Crow Flies, first published in 1990.This is a saga of the rags to riches life of Charlie Trumper Not really a rags to riches storythe industrious boy from a working class back ground with big aspirations story.The period of time is from the 1910 s to the 1960 s.To say that Charlie s life was colourful would be an understatement, from impoverished childhood with a fruit and vegetable barrow in the East End of London to the fields of France during the WW1 Then in WW2 he became Churc As The Crow Flies, first published in 1990.This is a saga of the rags to riches life of Charlie Trumper Not really a rags to riches storythe industrious boy from a working class back ground with big aspirations story.The period of time is from the 1910 s to the 1960 s.To say that Charlie s life was colourful would be an understatement, from impoverished childhood with a fruit and vegetable barrow in the East End of London to the fields of France during the WW1 Then in WW2 he became Churchill s go to man to keep the nation fed Last but not least, his pride and joy Trumper s Department Store.Nothing in Charlie s life would come easy To succeed he will have to fight tooth and nail against a family of high social standing who is out to ruin Charlie hopes and aspiration at every turn.Charlie s life unfolds to us via all the principal characters Each character tells the same basic story but from their pov This sounds like it should be boring but strangely enough it wasn t I soon found myself becoming really invested in all Charlie s trials and tribulations and infuriated by his enemies.A satisfying, entertaining read and a must for lovers of family sagas.A recommended 4 star read


  5. Misfit Misfit says:

    Depending on which browser I ve opened to read this in I do hate epub books and the Overdrive app that can never remember my login , I ve made it to about 50% of this huge chunkster, so I m counting this towards Mt TBR of 2015 and the GR reading challenge 400 500 pages is a full book in my world.As far as I did get the story begins around the latter years of WWI, and focused around a set of characters in the early years of building a financial empire starting with one store at a time groc Depending on which browser I ve opened to read this in I do hate epub books and the Overdrive app that can never remember my login , I ve made it to about 50% of this huge chunkster, so I m counting this towards Mt TBR of 2015 and the GR reading challenge 400 500 pages is a full book in my world.As far as I did get the story begins around the latter years of WWI, and focused around a set of characters in the early years of building a financial empire starting with one store at a time grocery is the first one Usually I d be all over a big fat saga like this, and usually I d love all the details of the empire building, but this one fell flat for me The biggest problem was the never ending flip flop back to the same events, only to be recounted to the reader in another first person narrative from another character B.O.R.I.N.G.Life s too short, moving on


  6. Jim Henry Jim Henry says:

    This is a fairly good 200 page novel, hiding inside 600 pages It was easy to read, but not very fulfilling I was ready to quit on it at the halfway point, as I became tired of reading of each shop being purchased with great detail about how much it cost, and what a good deal Charlie got on each one I continued on, and the story improved somewhat I never felt anything for any of the characters They all seemed one dimensional.I did like the way that the story switched perspective from one cha This is a fairly good 200 page novel, hiding inside 600 pages It was easy to read, but not very fulfilling I was ready to quit on it at the halfway point, as I became tired of reading of each shop being purchased with great detail about how much it cost, and what a good deal Charlie got on each one I continued on, and the story improved somewhat I never felt anything for any of the characters They all seemed one dimensional.I did like the way that the story switched perspective from one character to another, filling in the blanks of the story as it did so That made forinteresting transitions, but became predictable as the story progressed.On the technical side I read the novel on my Kindle The hand written notes scattered throughout the book were almost impossible to read


  7. Dianne Dianne says:

    What a fun read this was I d never read any Jeffrey Archer, and had the impression that he was just a mystery thriller writer Imagine my surprise, then, to become immersed in this atmospheric novel that begins in the early 20th century in the East End of London and ranges through the years and the continents until 1970, with chapters that focus on the main characters, one by one Charlie Trumper begins life assisting his grandfather on his fruit and vegetable barrow in the East End As he g What a fun read this was I d never read any Jeffrey Archer, and had the impression that he was just a mystery thriller writer Imagine my surprise, then, to become immersed in this atmospheric novel that begins in the early 20th century in the East End of London and ranges through the years and the continents until 1970, with chapters that focus on the main characters, one by one Charlie Trumper begins life assisting his grandfather on his fruit and vegetable barrow in the East End As he grows up, he is faced with his grandfather s death, World War I, a dashing, handsome villain called Guy Trentham, and eventually a chain of events that flows from his brief unpleasant connection with Trentham at the Battle of the Marne Charlie returns to London after the war, reconnects with Becky, his childhood friend and eventual partner, and begins to make his way in the world, eventually building up a retail empire in Chelsea, but old family secrets keep cropping up and putting roadblocks in his path A rollicking good read


  8. Tracy Tracy says:

    I really enjoyed this story Charlie Trumper starts as a seller of vegetables and fruits on the streets of London How he gets from there to WW 1 to working for Winston Churchill during WW 2 to running a multi million dollar store is all fascinating and entertaining He has evil to overcome and he manages well If you enjoyed The Clifton Chronicles, then I would highly recommend this book.


  9. Nina Nina says:

    It was one book I couldn t put down but did so reluctantly I would give it five stars The characters seemed so real I felt they were people I knew.


  10. Carole Anne Carole Anne says:

    Finally finished Loved it


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