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Only Time Will Tell

A Novel

The Clifton Chronicles: Book #1
By Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by Roger Allam & Emilia Fox / 12 hours 40 minutes

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 listeners 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 listener nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

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“Cunning plots, silken style…. Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader.”

The New York Times

“There isn’t a better story-teller alive.”

Larry King

Reviews

“A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas…unsurpassed skill.”

Washington Post

“With his latest, Archer (Honor Among Thieves) delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists, and a surprise ending... While Archer hasn't revealed how many books will make up this saga (which will span one hundred years), readers will surely wait for the next with bated breath. ”

Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (eighteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). Jeffrey served five years as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and twenty-two years as a Member of the House of Lords. Jeffrey is also an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 30 charity auctions a year.


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Review: Only Time Will Tell

Author
Narrator Roger Allam & Emilia Fox
ISBN 9781427211477
Length 12 hours 40 minutes
Language English
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Publication Date
Edition Unabridged
Libro.fm Rank #9,173 Overall
Genre Rank #4,207 in Fiction & Literature
 
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