Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles #1) (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Jeffrey Archer

St. Martin's Press, 9780312539566, 446pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2012

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Only Time Will Tell

Jeffrey Archer

The first novel in the Clifton Chronicles, an ambitious new series that tells the story of a family across generations and oceans, from heartbreak to triumph, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer

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 and expects to continue on at the shipyard, until a remarkable gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again...

As Harry enters into adulthood, he 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, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? From the ravages of the Great War and the docks of working-class England to the streets of 1940 New York City and the outbreak of the Second World War, this is a powerful journey that will bring to life one hundred years of history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

About the Author

JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, A Prisoner of Birth, and Kane & Abel-have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

Praise For Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles #1)

Praise for


“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.” —Los Angeles Times

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

“Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.” —The Boston Globe

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

“Archer is a master entertainer.” —Time

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

And his novels


“Outrageous and top-notch terror.” —Vogue

“The only difference between this book and The Day of the Jackal is that Archer is a better writer.”—Chicago Tribune

“Authentic, literate, and scary.”—Cosmopolitan

“The countdown is the thing; the pace, the pursuit, the what-next, the how-is-it-going-to-come-out…”—Boston Globe

“Holds the reader in a vicelike grip.”—Penthouse


“A compelling read.” —Newsday

 “Dynamite…plot twists and a slam-bang finale.”—The Washington Post 

“Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.” —The Boston Globe

“Thoroughly enjoyable.”—Publishers Weekly

“Compulsively readable.”—Library Journal 

“Gripping.”—The Vancouver Sun

“An exercise in wish fulfillment. The good may suffer, but the bad will get theirs in the end. The fun is watching it unfold.”—St. Petersburg Times (Florida)


“Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.” —The Boston Globe

“The economy and precision of Archer’s prose never fails to delight. The criminal doesn’t always get away with his crime and justice doesn’t always prevail, but the reader wins with each and every story.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“A worthy successor to The Da Vinci Code.”—Liz Smith, New York Post

“Archer is back in top form with [this] latest thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Thoroughly imagined...entertaining...thrilling.” —Denver Post

“Murder and a high-stakes art-world theft are cleverly blended [in this] thrill-ride.” —Vancouver Sun

“Sail along from one high crime to the next....Archer is a great plotter....[and] in the middle of the action, [he] drops research gems.”—Liz Smith, New York Post