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Book Review On "Not A Penny More Not A Penny Less"

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1. Harvey Metcalfe : The main culprit in the story. The self made multi millionaire who is the mastermind behind the fraud carried out.

2. Stephen Bradley: The professor tricked into buying the shares.

3. Jean Pierre: A french artist who also was fooled into investing in the company by Harvey Metcalfe.

4. James Brigsley: The son of a respective earl in England, the third victim to a tragic incident.

5. Robin: The famous doctor, who the fourth and the last victim of the fraud.


The title of the book is “ NOT A PENNY MORE, NOT A PENNY LESS”. The author of the book is Jeffrey Archer. He was born in 1940 and educated at Wellington School and later on in Brasenose College Oxford. Currently he is living in London and is happily married with two children. This book was the first book ever written by him and this book can also be termed as the book which made him famous.


The story is about a boy named Henryk who grew up in the worst conditions imaginable. His mother and father died at an early age which left him all alone with his four siblings. He unlike the others didnt go to foster care but instead started working as a messenger boy for the New York Exchange. He used to open every single envelope that he delivered and carefully sealed them back before giving them to their original recipients. As every single day passed by Henryk became more and more aware of the stock market. He deposited his own money bought shares and sold them when their prices rose sufficiently high enough to earn him a good profit. Starting from small investments he crossed alot of endeavours and went on to become a millionaire. He particularly enjoyed making money when others suffered a loss from his profits. After spending alot of time in the stock market Harvey decided to do something different for a change. He hatched a scheme to lure people into investing in his company. He set up a fake company under the name “Prospecta Oil”. He hired employees who mastered in tricking other people into what they say was true. Their only purpose was to trick people into buying the company’s shares. These people passed this information into a few listening ears and the rest of the plan was carried out on its own. The valuable information passed on was that the company was about to make an oil strike and the value of the shares would go through the roof. They went to such extents as to produce a fake geological report claiming that the strike had been made. Unfortunately, four people got caught in this carefully planned scheme. All of them sunk large amounts of money into the company buying as many



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