Only Time Will Tell

Only Time Will Tell

Jeffrey Archer / Jun 17, 2021

Only Time Will Tell 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 generatio

  • Title: Only Time Will Tell
  • Author: Jeffrey Archer
  • ISBN: 9780312539559
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 dockFrom 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.

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      • Jeffrey Archer

        Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston super Mare born 15 April 1940 is an English author and former politician.He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992 His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright and short story writer linkuscmillan author jeffre


    1. I haven't read Jeffrey Archer for years, and now I wonder why. This new series featuring Harry Clifton, son of a dockworker (or is he the son of an upper crust owner of a huge shipping line?), and his climb through the British public school system is going to be a delight if this first one of five is any indication. Make no mistake, this is not a Pulitzer, but it is good, solid storytelling, with bold characters, a world wide setting, and a story that has enough twists, turns, and sneaky heart-s [...]

    2. Sometimes you read a book everyone else seems to loveLoveLOVE and then wonder if you bought the same book everyone else did because as far as you're concerned, it stank. For me, that would be this book.The author goes to great lengths to convince us that yes, the Main Character is indeed a brilliant child/man with unseen depths and superb intellect. We must believe this because of the great lengths other characters go to ensure that the Main Character has the means to build on his future, and th [...]

    3. A heart warming story set back in the early 1900’s which follows a young lad named Harry Clifton as he faces the many obstacles throughout his life’s journey to manhood. There are also several strong characters in this book with chapters devoted to their own narration. It was an enjoyable tale and hard to put down. Also recommended is Jeffrey Archer’s classic novel ‘Kane & Abel’ an extraordinary book not to be missed.

    4. What a fantastic book. Not just in plot, but in nuance too. This was the first book I read by Jeffrey Archer, but I have every intention of reading many more after this one. This book is set up so that each section is from one person's perspective. Harry, Maisie, Jack Tar, Hugo, Giles and Emma all get a section. (Harry gets the first and last section. Maisie gets an extra few pages in the prologue.) Sounds like a common set up, but here is where it gets really interesting: each section starts wi [...]

    5. Apparently, this is a bestseller - a book that loads of people around the world have devoured. And I get why that is because it is a pretty straight-forward, easily read story about several families, several destinies and several points of view that entwine. Especially the beginning of this historical family saga had me intrigued because it tells enchantingly about these three boys and their struggles on a boarding school. However, as my reading progressed the story became more and more redundan [...]

    6. Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles) by Jeffrey Archer was an enjoyable book.I listened to this book and the narrator was really good and very well suited to the story.I really enjoy family sagas and this was no exception with its well formed characters, a flowing and twisting tale and a little social history to keep the reader entertained.This book reminded me a little of Downton Abbey and I think readers who enjoyed that series will really enjoy the clifton Chronicles.I was a little di [...]

    7. Wahnsinn, was für eine Reise! Ein wirklich tolles Hörbuch und eine mega sympathische Geschichte.Spiel der Zeit ist nicht unbedingt mein Genre Ein historisches Familiendrama Und doch hat es mir aufgrund des flotten Schreibstils und der fantastischen Charaktere richtig gut gefallen. Lediglich ein paar kleine Spannungsflauten drücken meine Bewertung um einen Stern, denn es wurde zu oft ein und die selbe Geschichte aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt. Abgesehen davon fand ich es wirklich toll [...]

    8. It is very frustrating to assign stars on GR. Seems to me that "It's ok" should be smack in the middle followed by "I liked it" and "I loved it." This book was OK. Average. Predictable but entertaining beach read or exercise, driving story. I listented to it and it made my 3 miles on the treadmill bearable and that is what I want in an audiobook. It was well written because Archer is incapable of writing poorly. My major beef is that we get to the end AND IT JUST STOPS. I realize that there are [...]

    9. This saga is the first in what is to be at least a three-book set (quite possibly more) entitled the Clifton Chronicles, centered around the character Harry Clifton. Relatively plotless, the story was however so engaging it was difficult to put down, with the interesting technique of revealing the tale little by little from different character's points of view. We hear from Harry's mother Maisie, his best friend Giles, Gile's sister Emma, Gile's father Hugo, Harry's friend "Old Jack", and from H [...]

    10. First of all, let me state clearly that two stars means I think this book is OK! Whether you should read it or not ought to depend upon your mood and what you are looking for. It is not poorly written and will satisfy those readers who love series, love adventure stories, love plot-oriented books and love solving a puzzle. What kind of a puzzle? You know in fact very early on who the central character's father is, but what keeps you reading is to discover how the author is going to weave togethe [...]

    11. I loved Harry's story of love, loyalty, strife, friendship and his persistence for excellence. Jeffrey Archer hits it out of the park with this epic tale of a young boy trying, with the help of his friends and family, to make his life something no less than extraordinary. What an excellent beginning to a wonderful adventure. I am definitely going to start immediately with book two that covers Harry's young adult life. The narratives by both, Roger Allam and Emilia Fox were spot on and helped to [...]

    12. I read this on my husband 's recommendation. He really enjoyed it and went on to read the next in the series. I liked it but not as much. I was not comfortable with the way the wedding was handled and thought the whole thing was melodramatic. I also found the way so many miscellaneous adults were working behind the scenes to make sure the young Harry achieved his destiny was unrealistic and overdone. On the other hand the book was well written, some of the characters we're very well done and I f [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this. Archer did such a great job in setting up a solid story while creating memorable characters. So excited to get to the rest in this series one benefit to waiting so long to start this series is not having to wait for the next book. Happy dance!

    14. As usual, the master story teller weaves a beautiful story about the lives of two boys, Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington who become fast friends in school. The book is about two families, Cliftons and Barringtons who live at the two extremes of the social strata. All the characters in the book are interesting, especially the soldier Jack Tarrant, who takes charge of Harry Clifton's life guiding him and playing his mentor. This is a story of friendship, sacrifice and love.Need to pick up the 2n [...]

    15. “Some people stand by you in your darkest hour, while others walk away; only a select few march toward you and become even closer friends.”

    16. “Some people stand by you in your darkest hour, while others walk away; only a select few march toward you and become even closer friends.”“Only Time Will Tell” – to say I enjoyed reading this first book in the Clifton Chronicles would be an understatement. Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller: Clean, captivating writing; clever interwoven plot(s); and well-developed characters of great distinction. Whether loved or despised, I was fully entranced by, and invested in each character [...]

    17. Having retired two years ago, I took up reading, and have averaged one novel a week. The authors I enjoy include Vince Flynn, Lee Child, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, Nelson DeMille, Alex Berenson,Steve Martini, Joel Rosenberg, and Robert Ludlum. In December 2012, I read my first Jeffrey Archer novel and am now hooked. He is the best story teller I have read in the past two years. I loved Honor Among Thieves, Sons of Fortune, and Prisoner of Birth. However, his new trilo [...]

    18. First, the good things about this book: It makes for a good read as it keeps you hooked throughout, with a cliff hanging suspense at the end of every chapter. I think I finished it in record time, considering I am a slow reader.But seriously? It felt like I was reading a soap opera. It was outright pushy and juvenile in its style of writing as the author tries so hard, rather too hard, to prove how the main character is exceptionally brilliant, a child prodigy and how the entire town of Bristol [...]

    19. 3.5 stars The ending was a cliffhanger which ticks me off.I am always hesitant to start another series, but I've heard such great praise for The Clifton Chronicles, that when "Only Time Will Tell," the first in the series, was offered as a free ebook, I snatched it up. Plus the rest of the series is available from my library on OverDrive, so I definitely plan to continue on. With that cliffhanger, do I have a choice?It's a wonderful cast of characters, reminiscent (IMO) of Peyton Place, and I ho [...]

    20. I grew up reading the early novels and I haven't read any for a long time.But, it's just as I remember, Archer is a very good story teller. He doesn't waste time on literary affectations such as unwieldy metaphors or lengthy character descriptions: the goodies are always good and the baddie is always bad.The characters are a bit stereotypical but it has always been that way with Archer. Easy to read and passes the time.I enjoyed it and will carry on reading the rest of the series.

    21. This book now has a spot in my top 100 reads of all time. Going into this I didn't think that I would like it. It was so different from what I usually read. However I am very glad that I went ahead and read this! I loved this book so much. It is so dear to my heart. I honestly have no complaints about this book. That may seem hard to believe but it's true.Every character was well thought out and interesting. They each held their own in their chapters and I actually liked them all equally(apart f [...]

    22. My Rating: 4.4/5I never imagined that Only Time Will Tell would be this good. Jeffrey Archer have wrote a thought through story which has a great story and great characters. The writing and prose is simple and precise. The dialogue is extraordinary. I loved all the characters in the novel. I didn't hate even a single one. My most favorite would be Old Jack. I just fricking love that character. I loved the setting and the phase more than anything. I couldn't even put the book down. The twists and [...]

    23. Decidi ler este livro precisamente por não ter encontrado opiniões (infelizmente e injustamente pouco falado!) e além disto fui atraído pela luz da sinopse! E, qual o meu espanto,fui completamente engolido logo nas primeiras vagas do livro e fui ficando cada vez mais extasiado com os capítulos seguintes, querendo mais e mais, e ao mesmo tempo não querendo avançar depressa, só para estar por mais tempo com os personagens excepcionais. Não quero resumir a história, caberá aos leitores d [...]

    24. This was a very good book and I'm excited about the next book of this series. If you like Jeffrey Archer, then you will like this book and series.

    25. Jeffrey Archer at his finest, beginning a heptalogy sure to entertain throughout. Harry Clifton comes from a poor family, where every benefit is earned and each hardship a hurdle. When he meets Giles Barrington he soon forges a life-long friendship, even if they come from different social circles. Clifton forges ahead to make a name for himself, while living under the shadow of never having met his father. While Clifton presumes Arthur Clifton died on the battlefields, the truth is known to a se [...]

    26. "Só o Tempo Dirá" faz parte de uma série que já conta com sete livros que tem os primeiros quatro publicados em Portugal. A sinopse disponível resume bem o livro, ainda que de épica só tenha o número de volumes. O enredo é corriqueiro, intrigas não faltam, os bons são muito bonzinhos, mas o vilão é mau qb, portanto, uma desilusão. É verdade que acaba num cliffhanger, mas não é daqueles que nos faz encomendar o livro seguinte sem demora, é mais do género leio o próximo se algu [...]

    27. Reading this for the second time! It is a very interesting tale of life with many reasonable twists and turns beginning with the main characters starting out around age 4 and moving through their lives. By the end of this book things can go many ways depending on what happens next. This book takes you across the entire gambit of hopes and dreams, excitements and disappointments , A bit of mystery and a lot of honor! I highly highly recommend this book and this series as it follows the lives of t [...]

    28. Archer has the great gift of being able to write very complex stories - with many characters, changing points of view, important historical background, and repeated surprises - and keep the whole thing under his total control. I felt complete confidence that Archer had command of the story at every stage, right up until the last of many shocking events, which of course sets the stage for the next book in this family saga. This is a fairly long book which I nevertheless read straight through on a [...]

    29. Typical masterful Archer and what's more-it's book one of a seven-book series! Clifton is our hero, a charming choir boy born on the wrong side of the tracks who wins a scholarship and attends a swanky British public school. Surprise: point-of-view change about, oh, 5 times, so one hears the same portions of the story but blanks are filled in as the story progresses (I really enjoyed this approach). He goes to oxford, the Grand Tour, joins the Navy, and then he's faced with a grave decision. BOO [...]

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