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

Jeffrey Archer
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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 (747 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.

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362 of 376 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read 16 May 2011
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 500 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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122 of 130 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Told 23 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. I am on the second one now and it is just as good. Can't wait to get to the end but don't want it to end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 22 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an entertaining book that follows Harry Clifton through his first 18 years. It is a really good read, fast enough moving to keep you wanting more.
Can't wait to read book 2.
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33 of 38 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Page Turner 21 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second Archer book that I have read. Really quite enjoyable and I was not aware that this book will be the start of a series. I cannot wait for the next installment. If you have never read this author then I can recommend this and A Prisoner of Birth.
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29 of 34 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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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alistair 13 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A great read, difficult to put down, typical Archer, but you may want to wait till all three are out to read them all together !

Hurry up with parts 2 & three Jeffrey
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A thrilling continuation of the Clifton Chronicles cannot wait for the next episode in 2015 . Jeffrey Archer really is a wonderful story teller
Published 1 day ago by Capt Joseph Gaffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Great story, was hooked from the first page to the last. This is Jeffrey Archer at his best. Just started the second of the Clifton Cronicles.
Published 3 days ago by Lance L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Having read the second book first it was easy to follow the story
.I read book two of the four first so this book was an easy read but good story line and I'm looking forward to reading the third book and find out the answer to the ending of the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Albert
5.0 out of 5 stars Well it's Jeffrey Archer isn't it?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. Read in record time!! As usual a fascinating plot.
Published 3 days ago by dotrev
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great read, I can't wait for the next book. A gripping reaf from start to finish, usual high standard from Jeffrey archer
Published 6 days ago by SpinnyG
2.0 out of 5 stars Very mediocre
I enjoyed his early books but this one is very disappointing. A very lightweight novel and would hardy justify a holiday read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mrs Carole Tipple
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Archer
Another classic Archer tale. Easy to read and draws you into the lives of the characters. Must read the next one!
Published 7 days ago by Mrs L J Vaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Only time will tell
Enjoyed reading. Not sure if I will get the next book,shame it did not end with a happier ending. Still enjoyed it all the same.
Published 11 days ago by tsuruya
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rollicking Read
I think I was about 15 when I read my first Jeffrey Archer, Kane and Abel. In the 80s we didn't have the wonderful range of YA titles we have now and I moved from Enid Blyton to... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Lovely Treez
1.0 out of 5 stars Book falling apart
This book arrived promptly but was in very poor condition as the pages fell out when I opened it which was disappointing.
Published 13 days ago by Margaret Manson
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