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... read more
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... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
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.
“Never look back, or you’re a dead man.”uncle stan
“Clifton, in life you get what you deserve, no more and certainly no less.”Mr Frobisher
“The English are the biggest snobs on earth, and most of the time without reason. The lesser the talent, the bigger the snob, in my experience. It’s the only way the so-called upper classes can hope to survive.”Old Jack
“Remember that its far easier to spend money than to earn it, and don’t be surprised if a few of the old biddies disappear and you don’t make quite as much as you’d anticipated in the first few months.”Patrick
“Some clever children don’t discover how bright they are until after they’ve left school.”Holcombe
“that the worst moment of any campaign is waiting for the sun to rise on the morning of battle.”Old Jack
“Some people stand by you in your darkest hour, while others walk away; only a select few march towards you and become even closer friends.”Harry Clifton
Some people stand by you in your darkest hour, while others walk away; only a select few march toward you and become even closer friends.Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
It may have been inconsiderate of me not to respond to those who had only kindness in their hearts, but sometimes an abundance of sympathy can be more overwhelming than solitude.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
Recalling one of Old Jack’s favorite homilies, I find I don’t learn a lot while I’m talking,Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
“Wellington wrote in his memoirs,” said Old Jack, “that the worst moment of any campaign is waiting for the sun to rise on the morning of battle.”Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
Cecil Rhodes: If you are lucky enough to have been born an Englishman, you have drawn first prize in the lottery of life.”Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
if you make a deal with a fool, don’t be surprised when they act foolishly.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
“‘Sometimes it’s an advantage to be disadvantaged,’” said Harry.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
She realized the truth of one of Old Jack’s remarks, that often the onlooker suffers even more than the participant.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” which, Mr. Holcombe pointed out, contained every letter in the alphabet. I checked, and he turned out to be right.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
It was becoming painfully clear to Jack and Maisie that the two “star-crossed lovers” had no idea of the problems they had set in motion.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
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