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The one lesson I learned from life: Jeffrey Archer says women are superior to men


The one lesson I learned from life: Jeffrey Archer says women are superior to men

  • Sir Jeffrey Archer, 80, former politician who became a writer and sold 275 million books
  • His wife Mary is the chair of the Science Museum Group
  • Jeffrey Archer says it was a privilege to be raised by his wife, Mary

80-year-old novelist and former politician Jeffrey Archer has sold more than 275 million books, including Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less, and Kane And Abel. He lives with his 54-year-old wife, Dame Mary Archer, who chairs the Science Museum Group's Board of Trustees. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

When I look back on my life, I consider myself very lucky. I missed World War II and got through to the age of 80 without facing any major world problem. Here is a generation of young people whose lives are being disrupted by this terrible virus.

Mary and I spent the first 146 days of the lockdown at our home in Cambridge. I walked 500 miles and made a new book.

I live in a nice house with a little garden and Mary as company. If you know Mary Archer, you know that women are superior to men. It was a privilege to be raised by my wife.

Sir Jeffrey Archer, 80, (pictured) is a former politician who became a writer. He has sold more than 275 million books and says that women are superior to men and that it was a privilege to learn from his wife

It was fascinating to live with the chairman of the Science Museum Group during the coronavirus.

I hear Mary on the phone with some of the most distinguished scientists in the world. Then she leads me through in lay language.

It was another woman who taught me to love art. When I was 17, I fell in love with a girl named Jill, who was two years older than me and who didn't take me seriously.

I thought, "The only way I can get close to this goddess is to go to art galleries with her."

I told her Picasso was rubbish, but she taught me an amazing amount without my realizing it. When we broke up, I realized that Picasso knew what he was doing. So I became an artificial nut.

I hate snobs. You will meet people who think they know more about art than you do, but don't let that stop you from enjoying it.

Ignore them. The good guys will share their knowledge without it being obvious or ashamed of you.

I love promoting women artists who – if they had been men – would have been much more celebrated. My latest discovery is Leila Faithfull.

She studied at the Slade School of Art and worked as a surgical artist in the plastic surgery department of a hospital during World War II. I bought her painting Seven Ages Of Man. It is a masterpiece.

I'm still working flat out. I can't wait to get up at 6 a.m. and write. I am a naive enthusiast who makes a lot of mistakes, but I think I have a more interesting life than boring cynics.

Jeffrey Archer's Hidden In Plain Sight is out on Thursday.

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