Clifton Chronicles

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 10,339 ratings

Only Time Will Tell Summary

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war.’ But it will be another 20 years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

Only Time Will Tell covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. Volume One takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford, or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany.

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  • Book 1

    • Only Time Will Tell

    • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236

    The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story-telling

    • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

    Regular price: £14.59

  • Book 2

    • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

    The second book in Jeffrey Archer’s highly acclaimed The Clifton Chronicles, The Sins of the Father takes the reader on a breath-taking journey from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.The book opens in New York, 1939. Harry Clifton, under the new identity of Tom Bradshaw, finds himself arrested for first degree murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A worthy sequeal

    • By Kirstine on 25-03-12

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 3

    • Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125

    1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good listen!!

    • By josephine on 18-06-13

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 4

    • Be Careful What You Wish For

    • Clifton Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

    Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife, Emma, rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

    When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First-class story-telling

    • By Kirstine on 23-03-14

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 5

    • Mightier than the Sword: Clifton Chronicles, Book 5

    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004

    When the bomb goes off, how many passengers on the Buckingham lose their lives? You will only find out if you read the opening chapter of  Mightier than the Sword. When Harry visits his publisher in New York, he's told that he's been elected the new president of English PEN and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in a Russian gulag in Siberia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Still no ending?

    • By mollyeyre on 02-03-15

    Regular price: £21.89

  • Book 6

    • Cometh the Hour

    • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 6
    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

    Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly entertaining old-fashioned story-telling

    • By Kirstine on 21-03-16

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 7

    • This Was a Man

    • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

    This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

    • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

    Regular price: £21.99