Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Series #1)

Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Series #1)

by Jeffrey Archer
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Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Series #1) by Jeffrey Archer

From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230748224
Publisher: Macmillan Computer Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2011
Series: Clifton Chronicles Series , #1

About the Author

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and nineteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.


London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1940


Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 251 reviews.
DeborahMO More than 1 year ago
I am not completely finished with this book, but just had to add my review so that those who may be hesitating because of the Nook price of $14.99 will decide to read it anyway. Absolutely one of my best books of the year so far. I am so very glad that this is a series. Don't you hate it when a book you love ends, knowing there is no continuation ahead? I do.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Very entertaining and intelligently written.
Elle_Wilvee More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, the writing was simple and straight forward; it's the plot and characters that draw you in. I finished the book in only a few sittings, the last one keeping me up until 1 in the morning because I had to find out what happened to Harry. My only criticism would be the strange way the author keeps changing the point of view. I enjoyed having different sections focusing on different characters, but I don't think the first person point of view chapters really added anything to the story and at first they only confused me. They also don't really sound different enough to be believable. Overall, an enjoyable quick read and I'm excited for the next in the series. I won this book through Goodreads FirstReads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have made it to page sixty something out of 344 pages on my NOOK. I now want to scream. I bought this book because it has a sequel and I love good, long books that I can get involved in for awhile. I won't be buying the sequel but I will force my way through this one because I paid ten dollars for it. No insult to the author intended here. He probably intentionally writes to a teenage audience. No sex, violence or four-letter words here which is great; many authors use too much. I would recommend this to any beginning or intermediate reader but not to the mature, avid reader. I just finished Ken Follet's WORLD WITHOUT END, nearly 1,000 pages on my NOOK and I guess this book is too much of a come-down from something like that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would recommend. This was a little difficult to get into because the story goes back and forth with it's characters. However, it is well written and kept me reading. The only downside is that the story ends up in the air and you need to wait until next year when the sequel follows!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by Jeffrey Archer, couldn't wait to read this one. Found the story lines shallow and the writing was elementary at best. Read like it was written for junior high readers. A great saga is Fall Of Giants by Ken Follett. Don't waste your time on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How anyone could compare this book to Kane and Abel is astounding! If Kane and Abel was one of the best books that I have ever read, this definitely was the worst book that I have ever read. Just the fact that it kept reiterating chapters was so annoying, but the story line was completely ridiculous. I can't imagine a sequel to this book. I continued reading this because I was hoping it would get better. It only got worse. Actually I don't even believe that Jeffrey Archer wrote this.
A_Woman More than 1 year ago
An entertaining time killer. The pacing is consistent. The writing isn't too taxing on the brain. Warning: it does end on a cliffhanger for those of you who don't like that kind of thing.
JudeEwill More than 1 year ago
I was enjoying this book until I got to the very end. Then I wanted to strangle the author. I immediately bought the sequel, "Sins of the Father," and had the same reaction at the end. Perhaps the author plans another book, but I'm not sure I would bother reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the writing style. Each chapter gives you the narratuve from a different main character.....moving the storyline forward just a bit. What a great way to really absorb the story which is full of twists and rurns and scandal and love and friendship. Can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little off beat because Archer changes the narrator throughout but overall it was a good book and I am looking forward to the series.
Ellen Stokes More than 1 year ago
Will add to my list of favorites, worth every penny Ellenkate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing. I couldn't read it fast enough. A great story -- will written. I am looking forward to the next Harry tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I bought all three of Archer's Clifton Chronicle Series books at the same time I never expected to read all three in a row. Only Time Will Tell is superb and having only read Kane and Abel of Jeffrey Archer I was pleasantly surprised to discover this autobiographical series even existed. If you like historical fiction and characters with great depth you will love the story Of Harry Cliftons boyhood and his history which was so influenced by his father in Only Time Will Tell. This first book sets up the most influential characters in Harry's Life and introduces them in great detail. This early book covers his childhood and at the end has Harry having to decide if he will enter the Navy or return to his Bristol school . He also discovers the love of his life and expects to live happily ever after until the Sins of His Father come to light and Harry's life is dramatically impacted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, this may not be and it may be. I fell in love with the charactors in this book. The plot and development was outsanding. Not a brain teaser but flowed well and solidly written. Not a hard read but entertaining. I read approximately thirty pages and put it down. Later that nite i picked it back up for a bed time read. Read halfway thru, tried to go to sleep...... didnt work. Finished the book which resulted in one and a half hours of sleep. No regrets. But I am tired. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book he has ever written, starting with "As the Crow Flies! This book will get you into the characters, the next one comes out in late winter. Can't wait. Jeffrey is always worth it!
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Part one of the Clifton Chronicles seems to be all about introducing us to the characters. Not much happens, but we have a rich/poor intersection that may or may not be problematic if Harry ever returns to Britain. Right now he is busy elsewhere, under an assumed name. I am neither here nor there on the the book just yet.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
It doesn't take much to figure out that money rules right with the author. Due to descriptions for upcoming books I was able to satisfy all questions without spending a dime.
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nolenreads More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was a great novel, until the end. I was so caught up in the young Harry Clifton's story, his home life, and then the older Harry Clifton where he is challenged to try to figure out who his real father is. And then there was the end, which wasn't an end. It was a cliff-hanger created to push me to buy the next book in the series. This is not an honest way to get people to buy your next book. I thought more highly of this author before now. Now I won't buy the next book on principal. I don't like to feel cheated. It could have been a five-star. I'm pretty mad, I'm surprised I'm not giving it one star for such CHICANERY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read. I can't wait to read the next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guess I need to buy book 2
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