From the internationally best-selling 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 is never the same.
As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to a 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 listeners on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life 100 years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the listener nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.
©2011 Jeffrey Archer (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
I like complex stories such as this one. I had to be on my toes to keep in touch with what was going on because it kept jumping from character to character but that made it interesting. I also enjoyed the performance, accent dialect it all made it very real and interesting. I'm looking forward to the next book.
The change of characters over time.
Most of the characters are sympathetic.
They add to the story
Old Jack. The old curmudgeon has a history.
Love the epic tone of the book, the characters, and the plot twists. Is it a classic in the making? No. But still enjoyable. Variety of points of view makes it more dramatic.
If Mills and Boone is your bag you'll love this.
They are all cardboard cutouts. No choice there.
Disbelief. Good are good, bad are terrible.
Has Jeffrey Archer actually met a real human being? With real emotions? How much betrayal can a person deal with? Obviously infinite amounts as long as the betrayer is an honourable man. How completely upstanding can the hero be? Perfectly. Not a flaw in sight. Really? Not returning this book but it's a close call.
Having attended college in Bristol, this is a wonderful story full of nostalgia for a period between the world wars. Great characters, so quintessentially British. Looking forward to reading the whole series.
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