Archer's Van Gogh Thriller

Jeffrey Archer's writing comeback begins with a thriller inspired by his passion for art. The latest work by the Tory peer, released from jail in 2003 after serving a sentence for perjury, is based on Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. False Impression - published next March -marks the latest stage in Archer’s rehabilitation. Last week he was invited back into the heart of the Establishment when he attended Baroness Thatcher’s 80th birthday party in the presence of the Queen. Archer's own collection includes works by some of the greatest artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries, including Picasso, Pissarro, Sisley, Hockney and Bonnard as well as seven paintings by Vuillard and 20 by Lowry - but no Van Goghs. For the full story - click the title Irish Art