Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles #1)
From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new 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 w
The author goes to great lengths to convince us that yes, the Main Character is indeed a brilliant child/man with unseen depths and superb intellect. We must believe this because of the great lengths other characters go to ensure that the Main Character has the means to build on his future, and th...more
This book is set up so that each section is from one person's perspective. Harry, Maisie, Jack Tar, Hugo, Giles and Emma all get a section. (Harry gets the first and last section. Maisie gets an extra few pages in the prologue.) Sounds like a common set up, but here is where it gets really interesting: each section starts wi...more
This book now has a spot in my top 100 reads of all time. Going into this I didn't think that I would like it. It was so different from what I usually read. However I am very glad that I went ahead and read this! I loved this book so much. It is so dear to my heart. I honestly have no complaints about this book. That may seem hard to believe but it's true.
Every character was well thought out and interesting. They each held their own in their chapters and I actually liked them all equally(apart f...more
There were some instances which i felt were outright silly eg the one where old jack waits until harry's wedding day to reveal the truth and call off the wed...more
But seriously? It felt like I was reading a soap opera.
It was outright pushy and juvenile in its style of writing as the author tries so hard, rather too hard, to prove how the main character is exceptionally brilliant, a child prodigy and how the entire town of Bristol...more
Having said that, I have a few observations to make.
When an author publishes the first book if he has already planned it will be a series (or do the authors always decide it that way? Who knows! I am just a reader!), is that likely to have an impact on the book/books till you come to an end! However he has written a trilogy already,...more
The style of writing is fresh. Every book starts with the diary of a character, and then moves ahead with his / her life and blends with the inci...more
Only Time Will Tell is the story of Harry Clifton. Clifton comes from a very modest home and humble beginnings. All along, people around him can tell that there's something special about...more
"Some people standby you in your darkest hour while others walk away; only a select few march towards you and become even closer friends."
Harry Clifton may not have much, but in some ways he's rich. He has great friends and a loving mom. This is the story of his life, from start to what I'm guessing will eventually be his end. You can't help but fall in love with Harry. He's smart, kind, and almost everyone who meets him likes him insta...more
3 to 3.5 stars.
The first book of the series titled, The Clifton Chronicles, this book an...more
His story is something w...more
As Archer mentions in the post-book interview (for us audiobook addicts), the story is basically 7 narrators tellin...more
Looks like Pento/trilogy is in fashion these days, where you have a captive audience and then you get them up to the sinker and then haul them all up at the end.
J.Archer has definitely a story to tell, that may well span across,I suspect,half a century. He starts out from the Pre WW2 era in Britain and a fatherless boy (at least not in the near vicinity) who is gifted and...more
The epic tale of Harry Clifton is an impressive feat that takes you on an unforgettable journey, spanning across the Great War and through to the Second World War. What struck me instantly was how the simply sublime storytelling was founded on pure genius, so evocatively realised by a masterful writer. Harry’s tale is profoundly powerful, touching and so enthralling that it really gets ‘underneath your skin’. When tragedy struck and une...more
Harry is a little boy who never knew his father. He's been told Arthur Clifton died in the war (first world war), although that ended long before Harry was born. Whether that man actually was Harry's fath...more
I have to say i didn't expect it to be as unputdownable as it was.
It tells the story of Harry Clifton, the son of Maisie and Arthur Clifton- or so he thought. No one would tell him about his father and they tended to be silent or change the topic when ever Harry brought it up.In fact there were only 3 people who actually know how his father actually died. When he becomes best friends with Giles Barrington, he has no idea that he could be something more. With the twists and...more
The book is the first in a trilogy and and tells the story of Harry Clifton from his birth in 1920 until the beginning of the second world war.
Young Harry believes his father, a dock worker, was killed in the first world war, but was he? Was he even Harry's father? As Harry grows up he has the good fortune to win a scholarship to an exclusive...more
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He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married...more