Aged 34, Jeffrey wrote his first novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less. Jeffrey is also a successful playwright. He was made a Life Peer in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 1992.
Archer was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from September 1985 until November 1986. Having run a successful campaign for Mayor of London for two-and-a-half years, from 1997, Jeffrey Archer was selected as the official Conservative Party Candidate for London's Mayor in October 1999 by an overwhelming majority. In November that same year, he withdrew his candidacy, having been charged with perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment, and was released in July 2003, having served two years.