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.Read more...
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-09-26
- Reviewer: Staff
In this first installment in Archer's new Clifton Chronicles series, Harry Clifton, a dockworker's son from Bristol, England, must grapple with the truth about his fa- ther's history and forge his own identity at the outbreak of WWII. The novel features narration by seven major characters, with Allam tackling the male voices and Fox handling the females. While Allam's work represents the lion's share of this recording, Fox ably holds her own—and her portrayal of Harry's spunky and deter- mined mother is a definite standout. Allam demonstrates a masterful range of vocal mannerisms and dialects. His rendition of heroic, emotionally wounded Old Jack and diabolically evil shipping executive Hugo Barrington rank among his most memorable. The compelling story and engaging narration combine for a mesmerizing listening experience. A St. Martin's hardcover. (Aug.)