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If your dream is big enough, not even your enemies can stop you....

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps - his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: 'The Biggest Barrow in the World'.

Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies. But in Jeffrey Archer's expert hands it becomes an epic journey through the triumphs and disasters of the century, as Charlie follows a thread of love, ambition, and revenge to fulfil the dream his grandfather inspired.

©1991 Jeffrey Archer (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Archer at his best

I read the hardback book version when it was originally released, and back then it was an excellent read. This Audible version was even better, and all of the characters were brought to life by the narrator John Lee.
If you are an Archer fan, this book will delight you. If you are new to Archer, be prepared to go out and buy all of his other novels after reading this.

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  • Caron
  • 2019-12-08

brilliant

I read this book years ago and it was brilliant to listen to it again. fantastic production.

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  • Pushkaraj
  • 2018-05-31

Outstanding

Love the characters which were made so full of life by John Lee, especially Mrs. Trentham, Daphne and the lawyer Baverstock. Could not resist listening at odd hours, while driving to work and even at the Gym - in the quest to know where the story leads.Gripping indeed! Great work by Archer and the narration simply compliments.

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  • Amelia
  • 2017-08-31

Excellent

Two of my favourites: Jeffrey Archer and John Lee. Couldn't ask for more in an audio book. Loved it.

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  • Simone
  • 2015-05-23

EXACTLY what I wanted

I was in the mood for a sweeping saga, and I knew Jeffery Archer was the perfect author to turn to. It was just the thing for my craving!

You have to know what you are signing up for when you settle into one of his books, there is very little dialogue and so I always feel like I am being told ABOUT a story as opposed to reading a story.. does that make sense?

Some constants about Jeffery Archer’s style:

•Very little dialogue
•More “telling” than “showing”
•Books that feel like a collection of short stories
•Somewhat predictable plots
•Many similarities to past books

But all this is good because if you know precisely what you’re going to get, you won’t be disappointed. I was entertained the entire way through!

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  • Grayling
  • 2015-05-08

Twice as good the second time around

I read this book years ago. It was a pleasure hearing it. Narrator John Lee really brought it to life. I've read most of Archer's books, this is one of his best. I promise you'll be hanging on to every word.