After losing many of his friends over the years, a former politician and author decided to celebrate his birthday “very quietly”.
As a prominent figure, many would have expected Jeffrey Archer to throw a big party and invite many friends over to celebrate his 80th birthday.
However, Archer said hosting a big party without the friends he`s lost over the past decade would have “felt strange”. The former Tory MP and Conservative Party chairman revealed that in the past ten years he had lost about 50 or 60 close friends.
Lord Archer is one such author manifesting literary greatness in himself. He is also a life peer and most of his books including Kane and Abel (Kane and Abel, #1), A Prisoner of Birth and Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, are among the best-selling in the UK.
Asked how he celebrated his birthday, he told Saga magazine: “Very quietly. For my 70th, my son William said, `Throw a big party, invite everyone you know because a lot of them won’t be here when you’re 80`.
“He was right. I’ve lost maybe 50 or 60 close friends in the past ten years. A party without them would have felt strange, lockdown or not.”
The author refused to talk about politics because of social media. “If Twitter had existed during the war, Churchill wouldn’t have lasted,” he said.
“Every time he lost a battle, the tweets would have started: `Churchill’s useless. Sack him`. I feel sorry for modern politicians.”