Pan Mac confirms Archer deal, but not for '

<p>Pan Macmillan has confirmed that Jeffrey Archer is to write a five novel saga spanning a century in the lives of a Bristol family. But fiction publisher Jeremy Trevathan said that the &pound;18m advance reported in the <em>Sunday Times</em> yesterday (6th December) had &quot;no basis in truth&quot;. </p><p>Trevathan declined to comment further on the sum involved, but&nbsp; confirmed that the first title in the series of novels would be&nbsp; published in hardcover in May 2011.</p><p><a href=" target="_blank" title=" <em>Times </em>reported that the &pound;18m deal was believed to be the biggest signed by a British author. The final title in The Clifton Chronicles will be published in 2015, when Archer will be 75.</a></p><p>The novels will follow the life of Harry Clifton, who rises from humble beginnings to become a wealthy tycoon via grammar school, where he becomes involved with an affluent shipping family called the Davenports. Each of the five books will cover two decades in Harry&rsquo;s life, ending with his death in 2020.<br /><br />According to the newspaper, the peer has made about &pound;100m from his literary career. His latest work, short story collection <em>And Thereby Hangs a Tale</em>, is published in May.<br /> <br /> </p>