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Clifton Chronicles Books in Order

Clifton Chronicles Books in order 

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The Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer’s No. 1 bestselling series. The series brings to light historical and political episodes of the twentieth century through the lens of one family’s achievements and sorrows. The Clifton Chronicles books are published in chronological sequence.

It begins with volume one, Only Time Will Tell, and culminates with volume seven, This Was a Man. The series focuses on family values, interesting characters, and recurring storyline twists.

Jeffrey Archer takes the reader on an exhilarating voyage. It ranges from the alleyways of Bristol to the crowded streets of New York City and all the way to the Gulags of Russia. This is a riveting episodic narrative of love, grief, treachery, and ambition.

Clifton Chronicles Books in order 

  1. Only Time Will Tell (2011)
  2. The Sins of the Father (2012)
  3. Best Kept Secret (2013)
  4. Be Careful What You Wish For (2014)
  5. Mightier Than the Sword (2015)
  6. Cometh the Hour (2016)
  7. This Was a Man (2016)

Similar authors

  • Sidney Sheldon‘s Tracy Whitney series follows a young woman who wants to marry into wealth. She is betrayed by the Mafia and has to fight back by herself.
  • Ken Follett’s novel Never follows heroines and villains, prophets and warriors, and revolutionaries.
  • Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series follows a retired LAPD detective. He became a private investigator before returning to LAPD’s Open Unsolved Unit. The series has 27 total novels.

See also: David Baldacci’s John Puller Books in Order.

Most recommended books of the series

  1. This Was a Man (4.31 Goodreads score)
  2. Cometh the Hour (4.19 Goodreads score)
  3. Mightier Than the Sword 4.16 (Goodreads score)
  4. Be Careful What You Wish For (4.11 Goodreads score)
  5. Only Time Will Tell (4.09 Goodreads score)

Awards

In November, Jeffrey Archer was honored at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. He received the inaugural International Recognition Award. It is for writers who “have contributed significantly to the health and profitability of the Irish book trade.”

Latest books in the series

This Was a Man is the seventh and final novel in Jeffrey Archer’s series, the Clifton Chronicles. It was published in November 2016.


Book summaries

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Only Time Will Tell (2011)

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?


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The Sins of the Father (2012)

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.


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Best Kept Secret (2013)

1945, London. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the general election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family marches onto the page. But after Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger?


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Be Careful What You Wish For (2014)

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 egregious 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 wedding chalice.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 seat.


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Mightier Than the Sword (2015)

Harry Clifton’s on a mission to free a fellow author who’s imprisoned in Siberia-even if doing so puts Harry’s own life, and life’s work, in danger. Meanwhile, his wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of an IRA bombing on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign. Others will stop at nothing to ensure the Clifton family’s fall from grace. In London, Harry and Emma’s son, Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing’s Bank. He’s also just proposed to a beautiful young American, Samantha. But the despicable Adrian Sloane is only interested in one thing: Sebastian’s ruin.Sir Giles Barrington, now a minister of the Crown, looks set for even higher office-until a diplomatic failure in Berlin threatens his prospects. Once again it appears that Giles’s political career is thrown off balance by none other than his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher. But who will win the election this time? And at what cost?


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Cometh the Hour (2016)

It opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.


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This Was a Man (2016)

Harry Clifton’s story began in 1920, as a dock worker in England, and now he is set to write his magnum opus. As he reflects on his days, the lives of his family continue to unfold, unravel, and intertwine in ways no one could have imagined . . .Harry’s wife Emma, who just completed her time at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, receives a surprise call from Margaret Thatcher. Meanwhile, Giles Barrington discovers a shocking truth about his wife, Karin. Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara’s abrupt resignation. Sebastian’s daughter Jessica is expelled from school, but her aunt Grace comes to the rescue. And Lady Virginia, who is set to flee the country to avoid her creditors, finds an opportunity to clear her debts after the Duchess of Hertford dies—and a way to finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.

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