JEFFREY ARCHER is now free to concentrate on writing. His next book will be the last under a HarperCollins contract variously rumoured as worth pounds 7m, pounds 9m and pounds 11m. To Cut a Long Story Short is a collection of stories inspired by real life. One concerns "a criminal who wants the police to catch him". CEO Eddie Bell is bracing himself for a heavy negotiation over the next contract, if he thinks Archer's worth the bother.
GREAT NEWS for fans of Harry Potter. Stephen Fry has signed up with Cover to Cover to read Chamber of Secrets. His performance of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the company has just won a prestigious Talkie Award: the audiobook world's Oscars. Another winner, for the best media coverage, was the Independent's own Christina Hardyment.Reuse content