The fourth spellbinding book in the epic Clifton Chronicles series was released by Pan MacMillan this week. I just love this cover - isn't it beautiful. I am such a terrible cover lover, I was intrigued and had to go and check out this series.
watched the You Tube interviews,
and I knew I had to get involved with these characters. The
interview with Jeffrey Archer is so good - check it out. He is
such a nice guy! Here is a link to all four interviews.
I have not read the series yet, so I decided to get the first in the
Time Will Tell
in audiobook form this week. Look out for my review on this
blog in future.
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
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
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 devious 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.
Back in London, Harry and Emma's
adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where
she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her
to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham,
Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady
Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the
Then, without warning, Cedric
Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before,
takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval
that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives
of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle's
first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the
board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the
story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your
About the Author
Educated at Wellington School,
Somerset, and Oxford University, Jeffrey Archer gained an athletics
Blue, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to
run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966.
Jeffrey has served five years in
the House of Commons, twenty-one years in the House of Lords, and two
at Her Majesty’s pleasure, during which time he wrote three highly
acclaimed Prison Diaries. His other bestselling novels include
Paths of Glory and A Prisoner of Birth. The success of the first
three volumes of the Clifton Chronicles confirms that Jeffrey’s
books are as popular as ever. Only Time Will Tell, The Sins of the
Father and Best Kept Secret reached Number One in the hardback
fiction charts and were also huge global successes – in India, Only
Time Will Tell was at Number One for twelve weeks; in Australia, New
Zealand and South Africa it reached Number One and spent six weeks in
the top ten bestseller lists.
Jeffrey is also an amateur
auctioneer, conducting around 30 charity auctions a year, and has
raised over £40 million for various charities during
the past 33 years.
He is married to Dame Mary Archer
DBE. They have two sons, and live in
London and Cambridge.