Clifton Chronicles

Jeffrey Archer

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Other books by this author

  • Cat O' Nine Tales
  • Only Time Will Tell: the first six chapters: The Clifton Chronicles
  • The New Collected Short Stories
Clifton Chronicles

What's It All About?

The Clifton Chronicles is the extraordinary five-part story of one man’s life over the course of a hundred years, taking in the major events of the 20th and 21st centuries and exploring the timeless themes of love, family and honour and how even a single existence can change the world.

Latest Release In This Series

Mightier than the Sword
Mightier than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?

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Mightier than the Sword
Mightier than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?

Read the first chapter

Reading Order

Only Time Will Tell
Only Time Will Tell

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author.


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The Sins of the Father
The Sins of the Father

New York, 1939. Tom Bradshaw is arrested for first degree murder. He stands accused of killing his brother. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Tom has little choice but to accept his assurance of a lighter sentence. After Tom is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence would be to reveal his true identity - something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.


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Best Kept Secret
Best Kept Secret

1945. 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.


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Be Careful What You Wish For
Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For, the fourth instalment in Jeffrey Archer's The Clifton Chronicles, 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?


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Mightier than the Sword
Mightier than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?


Read the first chapter