By Jeffrey Archer

Only Time Will Tell

Jeffrey Archer

The first novel within the Clifton Chronicles, an bold new sequence that tells the tale of a kin throughout generations and oceans, from heartbreak to triumph, from #1 long island Times bestselling writer Jeffrey Archer

The epic story of Harry Clifton's existence starts in 1920, with the phrases "I used to be instructed that my father was once killed within the war." A dock employee in Bristol, Harry by no means knew his father and expects to proceed on on the shipyard, till a impressive reward wins him a scholarship to an unique boys' institution, and his lifestyles is not an identical again...

As Harry enters into maturity, he ultimately learns how his father rather died, however the lousy fact simply leads him to question: used to be he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore, or the firstborn son of a scion of West nation society, whose relatives owns a transport line? From the ravages of the good conflict and the docks of working-class England to the streets of 1940 manhattan urban and the outbreak of the second one global warfare, this can be a robust trip that would deliver to lifestyles 100 years of background to bare a kinfolk tale that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself may ever have imagined.

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I’d greater depart now if I’m going to be in time to work out him minimize the cake. ” pass over Potts positioned a thick dossier in his briefcase and earlier than he might ask, she acknowledged, “Your historical past notes for the next day to come morning’s board assembly. you could move over them after grasp Giles has again to St. Bede’s. That manner there'll be little need so you might get back this night. ” “Thank you, omit Potts,” stated Hugo. “You examine every thing. ” As he drove during the urban on his approach domestic, Hugo couldn’t support noticing what number extra automobiles there at the street than there have been a 12 months in the past. Pedestrians have been turning into extra cautious of casually crossing the line because the govt had elevated the rate restrict to 30 miles in line with hour. A horse reared up as Hugo shot previous a hansom cab. He puzzled how for much longer they can desire to outlive now that town council had licensed its first taxi cab. as soon as he had pushed out of town, Hugo accelerated, now not desirous to be past due for his son’s social gathering. How fast the boy was once growing to be. He used to be already taller than his mom. might he turn out taller than his father? while Giles left St. Bede’s and took up his position at Eton in a year’s time, Hugo felt convinced that his friendship with the Clifton boy may quickly be forgotten, even supposing he discovered there have been different problems that had to be addressed sooner than then. He bogged down as he undergone the gates of his property. He continually loved the lengthy force in the course of the street of oaks as much as the Manor residence. Jenkins was once status at the best step as Hugo bought out of the auto. He held open front door and stated, “Mrs. Barrington is within the drawing room, sir, with grasp Giles and of his tuition neighbors. ” As he walked into the corridor, Emma got here operating down the steps and threw her palms round her father. “What’s within the parcel? ” she demanded. “A birthday current to your brother. ” “Yes, yet what's it? ” “You’ll need to be patient, younger lady,” stated her father with a grin sooner than he passed his briefcase to the butler. “Would you place that during my learn, Jenkins,” he acknowledged as Emma grabbed him by means of the hand and commenced to pull him towards the drawing room. Hugo’s smile evaporated the instant he opened the door and observed who used to be sitting at the couch. Giles leaped up and ran towards his father, who passed him the parcel and acknowledged, “Happy birthday, my boy. ” “Thank you, Papa,” he acknowledged, ahead of introducing his buddies. Hugo shook Deakins’s hand, but if Harry provided his, he simply acknowledged, “Good afternoon, Clifton,” and sat down in his favourite chair. Hugo watched with curiosity as Giles undid the ribbon on his parcel and so they either observed the current for the 1st time. Even his son’s unbridled pride along with his new radio didn’t deliver a grin to Hugo’s lips. He had a question that he had to ask Clifton, however it mustn’t seem like the boy’s answer used to be of any importance. He remained silent whereas the 3 boys took turns tuning into the 2 stations and listening carefully to the unusual voices and track that got here out of the speaker. This was once usually via laughter or applause.

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