“It can’t be October already” by Jeffrey Archer

The best-selling author of such works as “Kane & Abel“, “A matter of honor” and the popular Clifton Chronicles series has written a humorous yet poignant short story.

The story includes delightful illustrations and portrays Pat O’Flynn, a homeless man who gets arrested on purpose every October in order to procure a warm, safe environment during the winter months.  The officials who encounter him as he goes through the legal system all proclaim “It can’t be October already” upon seeing him due to his predictability.  The poor fellow valiantly tries to tell them a joke, but never reaches the punchline as they have heard it all before… With Archer’s trademark twist at the end, this story is sure to be enjoyed by many.

Succinct prose and pathos blended with humour make this story an enjoyable read.

This story is included in the book “Cat O’ Nine Tales” and other stories”.

My thanks to the publisher (St. Martin’s Press) for granting me access to a digital copy of this story via Netgalley.

Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer is firmly established, with international sales passing 330 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Born in London, England in 1940, Jeffrey has been married for 50 years to Dame Mary Archer DBE. They have two sons, William and James, two grandsons and a granddaughter, and divide their time between homes in London, Cambridge and Mallorca.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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