Only Time Will Tell

Only Time Will Tell

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The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1919, in the backstreets of Bristol. His father was a war hero, but it will be twenty-one tumultuous years before Harry discovers the truth about how his father really died and if, in fact, he even was his father.

The first in the series, Only Time Will Tell takes a cast of memorable characters from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take his place at Oxford, or join the fight against Hitler's Germany.

In Jeffrey Archer's masterful hands, you will be taken on a journey that you won't want to end, even after you turn the last page of this unforgettable yarn, because you will be faced with a dilemma that neither you, nor Harry Clifton could ever have anticipated.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 29mm | 327g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market ed
  • 0330517988
  • 9780330517980
  • 28,290

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The ability to tell a story is a great - and unusual - gift . . . [it] is not something that can be taught or acquired. You have it or you don't . . . Jeffrey Archer is, first and foremost, a storyteller . . . You don't sell 250 million copies of your books (250 million!) if you can't keep an audience hooked - and that's what Archer does, book after book. Archer's audience will stick with him to the last. They want to know what happens next -- Erica Wagner, Literary Editor * The Times * This is a cracker of a read. And quite 'unputdownable'. The whole thing about Jeffrey is that he has always had the knack of producing page-turners -- Jerry Hayes * Spectator * I enjoyed the book and marvelled at both its pace and the imaginative cliffhanger ending, whetting our appetite for volume two * Sunday Express * Archer is on top form * Daily Telegraph *
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About Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O' Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). The author is married to Dame Mary Archer, and they have two sons, two grandsons and a granddaughter.
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Rating details

72,336 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 35% (25,621)
4 43% (31,011)
3 17% (12,460)
2 3% (2,369)
1 1% (875)

Our customer reviews

Could not put this book down. Typical Archer. No wonder he as sold 250 million books. He is just a superb writer and this book is an excelllent example of the mans talent. Have read two and eagerly await part threeshow more
by ronnie markus
Have just read 'Cynthia's' review of the sequel to this book. Only Time Will Tell was very interesting in the beginning but as it wore on it was fairly run of the mill. Certainly the ending cheesed me off no end! Like Cynthia said about Sins of the Father, this first in the trilogy is also designed to make you buy the follow-up. I'd love it if Jeffrey Archer went back to the likes of Kane and Abel. Now that was a superb more
by Judith Roycroft
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