April 1940: Jeffrey Howard Archer born in Somerset, UK. September 1951: Archer attends Wellington School in Somerset. October 1963: Archer claims to have been a student at Oxford University but according to his unauthorised biographer, Michael Crick, he was actually at the less exclusive Oxford Department of Education. May 1964: Archer wins an Oxford Blue running for the university athletics club and goes on to represent England and Great Britain. July 1966: Archer marries Mary Weeden. April 1967: Enters politics with a seat on Greater London Council. December 1969: Wins a byelection for the Tories in Louth, Lincolnshire and, at 29, becomes Britain’s fourth youngest MP. 1974: Resigns from Parliament when facing bankruptcy after Aquablast, a fraudulent Canadian cleaning firm in which he had invested his life savings, goes bust. April 1976: Archer re-enters public life with the publication
of Not a Penny More, Not a
Penny Less. The book is not appreciated by the critics, but sells well, as do his other novels. He goes on to make a fortune with other titles. September 1985: Appointed deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. October 1986: Archer resigns after it is reported he paid £ 2000 to a prostitute. July 1987: He successfully sues the Daily Star and is awarded £ 500,000. June 1992: Receives a peerage from John Major in recognition of his fundraising work for displaced Kurds. His title: Lord Archer of Westonsuper-Mare. October 1999: Archer wins the Tory candidacy for London’s Lord Mayor. November 1999: He is forced to stand down after the News
of the World reports that he persuaded a former friend, Ted Francis, to lie to court in the 1987 libel trial. April 2000: Archer is arrested in connection with the allegations September 2000: Archer is committed to stand trial charged with five counts, including perjury and perverting the course of justice. July 2001: Archer is found guilty of two counts of perjury and two of perverting the course of justice. Sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. July 2003: Archer is released on licence, after serving half of his sentence.