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Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 | [Jeffrey Archer]

Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling 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?
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The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling 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 20 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.

©2011 Jeffrey Archer (P)2011 Macmillan Publishers

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  • sally
    warminster, United Kingdom
    5/31/11
    Overall
    "The other side of the story"

    The story takes you on a journey viewing the lives of the characters from many angles. Each character's view point either 'fills in the gaps' for the questions you want answered, or leaves you more intrigued. At the start there are several characters who go on to be pivotal to the life that Harry leads. However, just when you think others cannot make a difference, they make an appearance and change your thoughts on what may or may not happen. You often find yourself planning ahead in your mind for what you think is going to happen, only to be thrown a 'curved ball'. A great story that becomes impossible to stop. Is there, Can there be, a sequel?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Wrexham, United Kingdom
    3/2/12
    Overall
    "Wonderfully Enjoyable, then frustrating at the end"

    I really enjoyed this book, took it with me all around the house, 'til it got to the end...... The characters are excellent, Mr Archer has a knack in making his characters very realistic, that you think you actually know these people! I have just got to the end.................. NOOOOOO!!!!! What happens now????? How can you leave us all hanging? Hurry up with book 2 - please do tell me there is a book 2! Hurry up Audible!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Shipham, United Kingdom
    2/11/12
    Overall
    "Can't wait for the next book"

    Have avoided this author previously as being a bit too mainstream and predictable - only ever seen TV versions of his novels - I am definitely chastened. A really good read with well drawn characters and a twist in the tail. (Have I heard that somewhere before?) Archer may write to a predictable format, but this is a good story. Shall be looking forward to the next episode.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    6/16/11
    Overall
    "Great story-telling"

    Jeffrey Archer certainly knows how to tell a story that keeps you listening and wanting to know more. It's a bit like a modern fairy story with set-backs and triumphs for the hero. We are told the story through the eyes of the main characters who tell us in turn their view of what happens as Harry grows from boy to manhood in the period from just after the First World War to the outbreak of the Second in 1939. There's quite a bit of period detail of life at this time sprinkled with historical facts that add to narrative. There's a certain old fashioned charm about the book that makes a pleasant change from all the modern detective fiction I've been reading/listening to recently. I can't wait for the next book in this story of Harry Clifton as this book ends on a cliff-hanger.
    The two readers are very good. Roger Allam has a lovely gravelly voice that is a pleasure to listen to and he's pretty good at different accents.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui
    Macgregor, Australia
    11/18/11
    Overall
    "Predictable - but a good yarn"

    Rather a predictable story line, and as in other of his books some of the story line just a little unbelievable. Never the less I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next part.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    1/27/12
    Overall
    "A Surprise"

    I really enjoyed this book, the narration is excellent, and although the story isn't my usual reading material - I was absolutely gripped, and like some other reviewers I am now thinking - 'My goodness! How long must I wait for the next instalment?'

    The characters were brilliantly drawn and I loved the way the storytelling switches between the main characters and one sees the story from differing points of view.

    I enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's original books and bought this on the strength of those, however when I found that the story was of a different genre I was initially disappointed - but how wrong I was.

    I really cared what happened in the lives of the characters, and cannot wait for the existing 'cliff-hanger' to be explained.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Polly
    Worcestershire
    11/9/11
    Overall
    "Loved It"

    Why is that Jeffrey Archer writes such a good story. He really is one of the few authors that you just don't want to finish reading the book but can't put it down either. Another great book which I thoroughly enjoyed, can't wait for the next two to be published.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bernard
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    8/23/11
    Overall
    "Story Meister"

    Jeffrey Archer is just a master at storytelling. He shapes the characters brilliantly and I particularly enjoyed the perspectives from each main character's point of view.

    Some reviewers have expressed disappointment in the ending - clearly more will be revealed in Book 2! Please deliver it via Audible as soon as it's published.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
    8/6/12
    Overall
    "Very good"

    I liked it and didn't think it was predictable (as something else thought). If you like Archer you will like this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Wallington, United Kingdom
    4/4/12
    Overall
    "A good yarn"

    This book is great fun to listen to. Like many other of Jeffrey Archer's books the good characters are squeaky clean and as a result a little unrealistic. Young Harry, the son of a docker, goes to boarding school with posh boys and only meets one bully, a problem which he quickly overcomes. When Harry is given sweets by his friend which he finds out are being stolen from the tuck shop, he secretly puts them back, and is willing to take the rap when he is caught. Some of the other events are a little far-fetched, but it's easy to listen to and very entertaining. Looking forward to the next one in the series!
    You need to listen to this book before going on to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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