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As the crow flies
Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-
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New York : Audio Renaissance, [2004]

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3 audio discs (225 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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"Includes a bonus interview with the author"--Container.

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Audiobook on CD


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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 generations.
Encompassing 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.


Jeffrey Archer presents the intriguing tale of merchant Charlie Trumper. The grandson of a peddler, Trumper's epic journey out of the poverty of London's East End carries him across three continents and through the triumphs and disasters of the twentieth century.

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Jeffrey Archer was born on April 15, 1940, in London, England. After graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford, he founded his own company named Arrow Enterprises and promptly amassed a fortune. In 1969, he was elected to the House of Commons. A conservative Member of Parliament, he was, at the age of 29, the youngest member at that time. While in Parliament, he invested in a corporation and lost his fortune because of embezzlement. Devastated and facing financial ruin, he recounted his experiences in his book, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less. The success of this book launched his writing career.

His other works include Kane and Abel, Honor among Thieves, Shall We Tell the President?, A Quiver Full of Arrows, The Prodigal Daughter, and The Sins of the Father. He is also the author of The Clifton Chronicles series. He writes plays including Beyond Reasonable Doubt and The Accused. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment because of perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and was released in July 2003. He published three volumes of his Prison Diary: Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. In 2014, his title Be Careful What You Wish For made The New York Times Bestseller List. In 2015 his title Mightier than the Sword made the same bestsller list.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This rags-to-riches saga of a London East Ender who learns economics at a humble vegetable stand and later founds a huge department store spent 19 weeks on PW 's bestseller list. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-- A coming-of-age story set in London's East End at the turn of the century. Charlie Trumper idolizes his grandfather, who sells fruits and vegetables from a barrow. He hopes to follow in the man's footsteps and eventually own a big, grand shop. However, World War I interrupts his plans. He learns the value of friendship during the war, but also makes an enemy of Guy Trentham who, with his mother, spends his life seeking revenge and trying to destroy Charlie's dreams. Family intrigue, corporate mergers, romance, villains, and heroes all intertwine to make a fast-moving tale, punctuated with history, mystery, and a refreshing ending in which the good guy wins. --Katherine Fitch, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.