Following the revelation that Jane Austen was a near-illiterate whose polished style was actually added by her editor, further research has shown that with author Jeffrey Archer, the exact opposite applies.
Archer has long been mocked for his clumsy phrasing, naive sentence structure and general absence of any style whatsoever, but private papers recently discovered by university archivists reveal a rich, elegant style quite at odds with that of his best-selling novels.
Professor Keith Sutherland, of a former polytechnic near enough to Oxford University to be plausibly confused with it, spent literally hours buried in Archer's first drafts, notebooks and perjury trial witness statements, and was shocked to find the general rubbishness for which the author is famed almost entirely absent.
"The reputation of no other English novelist rests so firmly on lack of style, poise and sparkling dialogue," he explained. "But reading the manuscript of 'Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less', it quickly becomes clear that this overwhelming shiteness is missing. Words tumble delightfully from the page in sparkling profusion, it seems that everything came finished from his pen, if I may coin a phrase."
"This suggests somebody else was heavily involved in the editing process between manuscript and printed book," suggested Sutherland, "And by God, when I find him, I'll kill the bastard."