Only Time Will Tell, Hardback

Only Time Will Tell Hardback

Part of the The Clifton Chronicles series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The "Clifton Chronicles" is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, 'I was told that my father was killed in the war'.

But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? "Only Time Will Tell" covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that "The Times" has compared to "The Forsyte Saga".

Volume one 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.

In Jeffrey Archer's masterful hands, the reader is taken on a journey that they won't want to end, and when you turn the last page of this unforgettable yarn, you will be faced with a dilemma that neither you, nor Harry Clifton could have anticipated.




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This is the first book of three in the Clifton Chronicles. This part of the epic tale follows Harry Clifton from his birth in 1920 to university days. Archer is a great storyteller and the story if filled with lots of twists and turns. Hugely entertaining! It ends with a cliffhanger, which is fine for me because I intend to continue with the series.This was an audiobook read by Roger Allam, possibly better known as Inspector Thursday, Endeavour's boss (the young Morse). He is the best narrator I've heard. I'd listen to him read a telephone directory. I may decide on the print version for the second in the series because Hallam only did this one. There was also an interesting interview with the author at the end when he said the novel is autobiographical.

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Only Time Will Tell may be concerned with the British aristocracy and its secrets, but it holds no delusions of grandeur. This book - the first of Jeffrey Archer's 'Clifton Chronicles' series - is entertaining historical fiction, pure and simple. Archer makes engaging use of multiple narrators to introduce working class hero Harry Clifton, whose encounters with the wealthy Barrington family profoundly change his life. Its twists and turns are sometimes obvious, yet the book remains the sort of light and engaging page-turner that Archer's legion of fans have come to expect. Great fun.

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