Sunday, February 21, 2016

Mary Archer: 'Jeffrey asked from jail if I wanted a divorce, but I’m not a quitter’

Jeffrey and Mary Archer
Jeffrey and Mary Archer, who are celebrating their 50th year of marriage, at their home in Cambridgeshire Credit: Andrew Crowley

'Hang on, hang on.” Dame Mary Archer is determined to interrupt her husband Lord Archer in mid-flow as he tells a story about the deal he did with her father to let her carry on with a career as a chemist after their marriage. “If I might be allowed…” she tells him in school-mistressy tones, fixing him with a look from across the drawing room of the Old Vicarage at Grantchester. But the bestselling novelist, entrepreneur, former politician, charity fundraiser and ex-prisoner is taking no notice. “You’ve said enough already,” he barks back, and the couple simultaneously burst out laughing.  
Even Jeffrey Archer’s hostile biographer, Michael Crick, is hard-pushed to explain the survival of this marriage

Jeffrey and Mary Archer, 75 and 71, are about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most picked-over marriages of modern times and have agreed to a rare joint interview. More

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