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Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Archer
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (837 customer reviews)

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Praise for "Only Time Will Tell

""I was utterly hooked. It was an absurdly enjoyable read."
---Anthony Horowitz, "Daily Telegraph" (London)

Praise for Jeffrey Archer

"A dynamite commercial novel...Archer brings it off with panache."
---"The Washington Post" on "A Prisoner of Birth"

"A compelling read...The pace never flags."
---"Newsday" (New York) on "A Prisoner of Birth"

"One of the top ten storytellers in the world."
---"Los Angeles Times"

"Archer is a master entertainer."
---"Time" magazine

"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas."
---"The Washington Post" on "A Twist in the Tale"

"There isn't a better storyteller alive."
---Larry King

""Kane and Abel"...that classic of modern literature."
---"The Times" (London)

Review

Praise for "Only Time Will Tell

""I was utterly hooked. It was an absurdly enjoyable read."
---Anthony Horowitz, "Daily Telegraph" (London)

Praise for Jeffrey Archer

"A dynamite commercial novel...Archer brings it off with panache."
---"The Washington Post" on "A Prisoner of Birth"

"A compelling read...The pace never flags."
---"Newsday" (New York) on "A Prisoner of Birth"

"One of the top ten storytellers in the world."
---"Los Angeles Times"

"Archer is a master entertainer."
---"Time" magazine

"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas."
---"The Washington Post" on "A Twist in the Tale"

"There isn't a better storyteller alive."
---Larry King

""Kane and Abel"...that classic of modern literature."
---"The Times" (London)


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031253955X
  • Publisher: Macmillan (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230748228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230748224
  • ASIN: B004WDZZP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (837 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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371 of 387 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read 16 May 2011
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I have only read one Jeffrey Archer and that was Not a Penny Less, Not a Penny More, the book which restored him to financial security after his bankruptcy and have to say that I was distinctly underwhelmed. I read some of his short stories some years later which I remember being impressed with but since then nothing. So when this dropped through my letter box I really did not know what to expect.

Well, I loved it. I have heard all the rumours that seven editors or more sit down with seven pens and rewrite Archer's books and was never sure if this was true or not, or just one of those apocryphal stories that do the rounds, but I did rather sheer away from his output because of this. Read this through in one sitting and if ever the phrase a 'page-turner' was the right description, then it certainly is applicable here.

Harry Clifton is the son of a docker who had died in mysterious circumstances, and his mother is struggling to bring him up in dire poverty. Harry is fascinated by the docks, plays truant from school and doesn't seem to have much going for him. But he is the possessor of a beautiful, treble voice and this leads him to a choral scholarship at a posh school where he meets and befriends two companions who are going to influence his future life. One of these is Giles Barrington, son of a wealthy businessman and owner of the docks where Harry's father died. As soon as we meet Hugo Barrington and see his reaction to Harry, we are left in no doubt as to the possibilities for intrigue and underhand machinations ahead of us. And so it proves.
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136 of 146 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archer's Inimitable Style once again 13 Dec 2011
By GerryC
Format:Kindle Edition
An absolute cracking read which is what I have come to expect from Jeffrey Archer's novels. However, I have one major criticism, and that is that I wished I would have been made aware from the beginning that this book was going to be part of what appears to be a 'Tribology'. Had I known this, I would not have been put in a rather bad mood by what appeared to be an open (and most unusual) ending. I will now have to wait at J.Archer's convenience before he gets around to publishing part 2 & 3 (which hopefully will be available in Kindle format).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling family saga 25 Sep 2013
By Nicky72
Format:Kindle Edition
This lavish storyline draws you in from page one. Descriptive, likeable characters pull at your heart strings. This book has everything, love, excitement, danger, family, lies, all woven into a saga set against the backdrop of impending war. I could not wait to start part 2 !
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad it's over... 27 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
Jeffrey Archer writes in such a fluid way that his books are among the most relaxing and enjoyable to read. Only Time will Tell seems like quite a gentle tale so it is almost surprising that it is impossible to put down and you long for your next quiet moment that you can settle down to a peaceful bit of indulgent reading (not easy with toddlers constantly under your feet!). I now have 20 or so pages left and the excitement of the story has definitely lifted, but above all else I'm just so sad that I've read this book the minute it was published and will therefore have to wait, presumably for a significant amount of time, until the next instalment is printed. Because of the gentle start to the story and the detailed shaping of the main characters, it is very apparent throughout the story that this is the first of a trilogy and that the story is going to build into something far more dramatic as the characters reach adulthood so I am greatly anticipating the future "Clifton Chronicles". Please let them be printed soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JKM
Format:Paperback
The first Jeffrey Archer novel I've read and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Set between World War 1 and 2, the book tells the tale of the early life of Harry Clifton. The son of a dock worker who dies in mysterious circumstances, with a thirst for knowledge and blessed with a good choral voice, Harry finds himself through scholarships mixing with the upper classes and in particular with the Barrington family who were his fathers employers.

The story unfolds by relating events from the point of view of the main characters involved, so each character's viewpoint reveals a little more insight into the events. This is the clever part of the writing, which kept me interested into how things would turn out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started off well 9 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Started off well and the middle was good but the ending just ruined it for me and it all got very silly.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prologue 18 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
This aptly titled novel is the prelude to a series entitled The Clifton Chronicles, covering the lives of several characters over the span of a century. In the hands of the author, Jeffrey Archer, it follows the life of the main character, Harry Clifton, from his birth shortly after World War I to just short of WWII with more curves than a talented big league pitcher.

The story is told in succeeding chapters from the point of view of various persons, each contributing some insight into the questions raised in the last summation. It takes Harry from a fatherless tot to a school truant to a talented choir singer and his education right up to his acceptance at Eton. Meanwhile his life becomes complicated as he grows up by virtue of his background: the mystery of his father's death, his mother's struggles to support him, his questionable parentage.

No comment is necessary regarding Mr. Archer's ability to write a solid story, and to end it in cliffhanger fashion so readers will look forward to the sequel. It remains to be seen how ingenious he can be in the next book in the series.

Recommended.
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A good read.
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Published 3 days ago by Elaine Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 3 days ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Chronicles but those I have read have been a good read.
Haven't completed the Chronicles but those I have read have been a good read.
Published 3 days ago by Beryl Helliwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this typical J Archer book good story told from various characters perspective
Published 5 days ago by trebor
5.0 out of 5 stars Only TIme Will Tell
Excellent novel. The story was always on the move. One of intrigue and change with the characters beautifully described and growing appropriately with an ever changing story. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Trevor Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
Could not put the book down, now for #2
Heard it is very good.
Have bought all 4 in the series
Published 8 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another great Archer novel
Published 10 days ago by K. H. Goldsworthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read if you want to know what happens next - it leads to the...
started me on the long route through the Chronicles - the best of the bunch so far
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. Pamela Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars More of Archer's wonderful story telling...
It was a while since I'd had time to read a book but this was a real page turner and I found myself going to bed earlier and night just to follow Harry's story as he grew from boy... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Carol
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