Only Time Will Tell - Jeffrey Archer

Only Time Will Tell

By Jeffrey Archer

  • Release Date: 2011-08-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,208 Ratings)

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From the internationally bestselling author Jeffrey Archer comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in the ambitious Clifton Chronicles 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 engrossing 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.


  • Very good loved the chact

    By b.j. lind.
    Clean mouh
  • I should have listened

    By lsa of NYC
    People said the ending sucked. It couldn’t be that bad. I’m going to do the unthinkable: when the 20 year old protagonist, who was 12 at the start, lands in 1939 Manhattan assuming the identity of a dead shipmate from a British merchant ship torpedoed by the Germans, he is arrested, read his Miranda rights (1939), and charged with first degree murder. End of book. Period No sequel offered. Nothing. But. Read it if you want...
  • only time will tell

    By Bigalarc
    Archer on target with this compelling series.
  • Only time will tell

    By Trena10
    Excellent book- keeps you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. Family dynamics and events of the times woven into this book.
  • Only Time Will Tell

    By Woodsie1947
    Loved this book and have already started on the 2nd one. There are 7 and my husband read all of them and thought they were great!
  • Only time will tell

    By JozRpt
    Worst ending I've seen - totally unbelievable ending . Villian disappeared; kills off another with a heart attack; and main character gets into very unbelievable "semi-plot, while rest of characters become bunch of loose ends. Ending following the "non-wedding" ruined the book for me and made it a waste of time.
  • Only time will tell

    By 1-12-16
    I loved the book well written and many interesting plots and characters. Can not wait to read more of this Author.
  • Compelling

    By KarolK189999
    Great story, great storywriter.
  • Page turner

    By louiskuitton
    Keeps you entertained throughout the entire book. Want to see what happens next in the series!
  • Enjoyable...

    By Tedious!
    Until the end, I enjoyed this story. Having spent many hours on ships, the rescue did not ring true. Then, the grand finale when "Tom" was read his Miranda Rights... The Miranda Rights did not come into law until 1966, twenty+ years after the character's arrest in the book. Although a fictional story, these small details detracted a lot from the story for me, sad to say.