Jeffrey Archer Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

Take a quick look at the list of Jeffrey Archer books sorted by publishing date below.

You may notice that Archer’s writing career has gone through 3 phases:

  1. He started with the Kane and Abel series
  2. then, for 27 years wrote stand-alone books
  3. And then started a series that is now up to its 6th book

You could read his work in that order, by publishing date from oldest to newest, but I propose the following reading order instead:

  1. His Stand-alone Novels
  2. then, the Clifton Chronicles
  3. then, the Kane and Abel Series

Jeffrey Archer’s Stand-alone Novels

  1. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976) [Amazon]
  2. First Among Equals (1984) [Amazon]
  3. A Matter of Honour (1986) [Amazon]
  4. As the Crow Flies (1991) [Amazon]
  5. Honour Among Thieves (1993) [Amazon]
  6. The Fourth Estate (1996) [Amazon]
  7. The Eleventh Commandment (1998) [Amazon]
  8. Sons of Fortune (2002) [Amazon]
  9. False Impression (2005) [Amazon]
  10. The Gospel According to Judas [Amazon]
    • by Benjamin Iscariot With Francis J.
  11. Moloney (2007) [Amazon]
  12. A Prisoner of Birth (2008) [Amazon]
  13. Paths of Glory (2009) [Amazon]
  14. Heads You Win (2018) [Amazon]

Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles Series

  1. Only Time Will Tell (2011) [Amazon]
  2. The Sins of the Father (2012) [Amazon]
  3. Best Kept Secret (2013) [Amazon]
  4. Be Careful What You Wish For (2014) [Amazon]
  5. Mightier Than the Sword (2015) [Amazon]
  6. Cometh the Hour (2016) [Amazon]

Jeffrey Archer’s Kane and Abel Series

  1. Shall We Tell the President? (1977) [Amazon]
    • Revised in 1986
  2. Kane and Abel (1979) [Amazon]
  3. The Prodigal Daughter (1982) [Amazon]

All Jeffrey Archer’s Books by Publishing Date

  1. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976) [Amazon]
  2. Shall We Tell the President? (1977) [Amazon]
    • Kane and Abel #1
  3. Kane and Abel (1979) [Amazon]
    • Kane and Abel #2
  4. The Prodigal Daughter (1982) [Amazon]
    • Kane and Abel #3
  5. First Among Equals (1984) [Amazon]
  6. A Matter of Honour (1986) [Amazon]
  7. As the Crow Flies (1991) [Amazon]
  8. Honour Among Thieves (1993 [Amazon]
  9. The Fourth Estate (1996) [Amazon]
  10. The Eleventh Commandment (1998) [Amazon]
  11. Sons of Fortune (2002) [Amazon]
  12. False Impression (2005) [Amazon]
  13. The Gospel According to Judas [Amazon]
    • by Benjamin Iscariot With Francis J.
  14. Moloney (2007) [Amazon]
  15. A Prisoner of Birth (2008) [Amazon]
  16. Paths of Glory (2009) [Amazon]
  17. Only Time Will Tell (2011) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #1
  18. The Sins of the Father (2012) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #2
  19. Best Kept Secret (2013) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #3
  20. Be Careful What You Wish For (2014) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #4
  21. Mightier Than the Sword (2015) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #5
  22. Cometh the Hour (2016) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #6
  23. Heads You Win (2018) [Amazon]

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of the reading order I’ve suggested? Agree? Disagree?

Have your say in the comments section below.


13 thoughts on “Jeffrey Archer Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

  1. Thanks for the research on Jeffrey Archer and other authors It’s been very helpful. You’ve done a great job!

  2. Thank you for this list. I have only just recently discovered Mr. Jeffrey Archer and now I am a huge fan! I love the way he tells a story…he gets me hooked right away! I find it hard to put the book down once I get into it. I also wasn’t sure if there was a particular order to the Clifton Chronicles, so thank you for this list.

  3. I have not read any of Jeffrey Archer’s books, so the comments here are very helpful. I really like Daniel Silva’s books whose “hero” is Gabriel Allon; he works for Israeli intelligence, but not Mossad. His books definitely have to be read in order.

  4. I must point out your error in the 3 phases of Archer’s books – No 3 ‘now up to it’s sixth book’. We all know surely that this reads ‘it is sixth book’. A common error but not by one in the literary field.
    Sorry I was a school teacher!

  5. I have just discovered your website. I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer’s for years, starting with the first book I read about 25 years ago, As the Crow Flies. You listed this as a stand-alone book, but I am thinking that I read three or four books that followed the same family after the “Crow” book. Am I wrong?

  6. Hi I think this is a neat idea! I am in process of Clearing out my books,due downsizing, i happen to pickup Jeffery Archers book”Kane and Abel”and can’t put it down ,I was googling trying to find out his other books,and ran across your page! Good Job!

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