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Only Time Will Tell

Jeffrey Archer

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 worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry 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 who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and 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. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

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 worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry 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 who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and 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. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry 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 who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and 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. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Roger Allam, Emilia Fox

Length:

12h 42m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:55


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

15:25


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

17:18


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

17:26


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

16:28


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

21:37


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

18:56


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

16:01


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

14:09


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

13:22


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

11:39


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

14:08


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

18:26


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

15:46


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

11:00


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

16:57


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

11:23


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

15:05


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

11:23


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

16:08


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

18:40


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

18:24


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

19:50


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

12:34


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

05:02


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

05:02


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

17:20


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

16:34


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

12:39


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

06:24


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

07:21


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

08:46


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

08:07


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

09:47


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

09:02


Part 5, Chapter 35
Part 5, Chapter 35

10:25


Part 5, Chapter 36
Part 5, Chapter 36

13:57


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

16:59


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

08:49


Part 5, Chapter 39
Part 5, Chapter 39

11:59


Part 5, Chapter 40
Part 5, Chapter 40

14:08


Part 5, Chapter 41
Part 5, Chapter 41

08:05


Part 5, Chapter 42
Part 5, Chapter 42

11:43


Part 5, Chapter 43
Part 5, Chapter 43

09:34


Part 6, Chapter 44
Part 6, Chapter 44

14:37


Part 6, Chapter 45
Part 6, Chapter 45

11:13


Part 6, Chapter 46
Part 6, Chapter 46

16:06


Part 6, Chapter 47
Part 6, Chapter 47

20:22


Part 7, Chapter 48
Part 7, Chapter 48

15:18


Part 7, Chapter 49
Part 7, Chapter 49

13:55


Part 7, Chapter 50
Part 7, Chapter 50

12:07


Part 7, Chapter 51
Part 7, Chapter 51

12:29


Part 7, Chapter 52
Part 7, Chapter 52

11:33


Part 7, Chapter 53
Part 7, Chapter 53

13:56


Part 7, Chapter 54
Part 7, Chapter 54

10:04


Part 7, Chapter 55
Part 7, Chapter 55

13:21


Part 7, Chapter 56
Part 7, Chapter 56

11:47


Part 7, Chapter 57
Part 7, Chapter 57

05:20


Part 7, Chapter 58
Part 7, Chapter 58

00:55