London: Macmillan, 2006. Item #04672
Signed by Jeffrey Archer
ARCHER, Jeffey. SEARLE, Ronald, illustrator. Cat O' Nine Tails. And Other Stories. Drawings by Ronald Searle. London: Macmillan, .
First edition. Signed by Jeffrey Archer in black ink on the title-page.
Small quarto (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 246 x 190 mm.). x, 262 pp. Illustrated throughout in color by Ronald Searle.
Publisher's blue paper cloth over boards, spine lettered in silver, color pictorial end-papers. Original color pictorial dust jacket. A fine copy.
"Cat O'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. These yarns are ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and deliciously unexpected conclusions, and with the added bonus of illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist, Ronald Searle.
While incarcerated for two years in five different prisons, Jeffrey Archer picked up several ideas for short stories. They range from the tale of The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office to the story of a company chairman who tried to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg - both with unexpected consequences. In another, Maestro, an Italian restaurateur ends up in jail, unable to explain to the tax man how he can afford a yacht, a Ferrari and a home in Florence, while only declaring a profit of £100,000 a year...
And then there is Archer's favourite, which he came across after leaving prison. In the eye of the Beholder, in which a handsome premier division footballer falls in love with a twenty-stone woman... who just happens to be the ninth richest woman in Italy." (Jacket front flap).
Ronald William Fordham Searle, CBE, RDI (3 March 1920 – 30 December 2011) was a British artist and satirical cartoonist. He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series. After moving to Paris in 1961, he worked more on reportage for Life and Holiday and less on cartoons. He also continued to work in a broad range of media and created books (including his well-known cat books), animated films and sculpture for commemorative medals, both for the French Mint and the British Art Medal Society. Searle did a considerable amount of designing for the cinema, and in 1965, he completed the opening, intermission and closing credits for the comedy film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines as well as the 1969 film Monte Carlo or Bust!. In 1975, the full-length cartoon Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done was released. It is based on the character and songs from H.M.S. Pinafore.