Für die Familien der Cliftons und Barringtons, deren Wege seit Jahrzehnten miteinander verbunden sind, kommen schwere Stunden. Giles Barrington setzt seine Karriere als Politiker für eine große und gefährliche Liebe aufs Spiel, während Emma Clifton eine schwere Entscheidung treffen muss, die für ihren Mann Harry alles verändern könnte. Doch dann erfolgt ein Schicksalsschlag, mit dem niemand gerechnet hat ...
England 1945: Der Zweite Weltkrieg ist beendet. Harry Clifton, der sich aus den Hafendocks Bristols hochgearbeitet hat, und sein treuer Jugendfreund Giles Barrington, Sprößling der Schifffahrt-Dynastie Barrington, haben überlebt. Endlich hat Harry zu seiner großen Liebe gefunden, zu Giles' Schwester Emma Barrington. Doch ein langer Schatten droht auf die jungen Menschen zu fallen. In einer dramatischen Verhandlung obliegt es dem Haus der Lords festzulegen, wer das Vermögen der Barringtons rechtmäßig erben wird: Harry oder Giles. Harry weiß, dass die Entscheidung seine Verbindung mit Emma für immer zerstören könnte. Für die Familien Clifton und Barrington beginnt eine neue Epoche voller Intrigen und Verrat.
Harry Clifton, aufgewachsen bei den Hafendocks in Bristol, und Giles Barrington, Nachkömmling einer großen Schifffahrt-Dynastie, verbindet seit ihrer Jugend eine tiefe Freundschaft. Aus der Enge des Arbeitermilieus hat Harry es auf eine Eliteschule geschafft und steht als junger Mann jetzt an der Seite seiner großen Liebe Emma, der Schwester von Giles. Mit dem Eintritt Englands in den Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939 werden die Schicksale beider Familien erschüttert. Giles gerät in Kriegsgefangenschaft und Harry verschlägt es von Bristol nach New York, wo er eines Mordes angeklagt und verhaftet wird. Emma, macht sich auf, um den Mann zu retten, den sie liebt ...
1968: Am Hafen von Leningrad müssen der junge Alexander Karpenko und seine Mutter auf der Flucht vor dem KGB entscheiden, auf welches Schiff sie sich als blinde Passagiere schleichen. Eines fährt nach Großbritannien, eines in die USA. Der Wurf einer Münze soll das Schicksal von Alexander und Elena besiegeln ... Über eine Zeitspanne von dreißig Jahren und auf zwei Kontinenten entfaltet sich in Jeffrey Archers neuem Roman eine Geschichte von einmaliger Spannung und Dramatik - eine Geschichte, die man nicht wieder vergisst.
Cometh the Hour 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. Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels – all of which went to number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list – showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.
Bristol 1957: Der Vorsitzende der Barrington Schifffahrtgesellschaft wird zum Rücktritt gezwungen – für Emma Clifton ist dies die Gelegenheit, den Posten zu übernehmen und Macht über die Gesellschaft zu gewinnen. Doch die tragischen Ereignisse um ihren Sohn Sebastian, der in einen Autounfall verwickelt wurde, legen einen Schatten über Emma und ihren Mann Harry ...
Die Wege der Familien Clifton und Barrington sind gezeichnet von Glück und Leid, von Machtspielen und Schicksalsschlägen. Während sich sein Jugendfreund Giles in eine Frau mit dunkler Vergangenheit verliebt, reist Harry Clifton nach Sibirien. Harry will dem dort inhaftierten Schriftsteller Babakow helfen – und bringt sich damit in große Gefahr. Auch für seine Frau Emma, die der Barrington-Gesellschaft vorsteht, schlägt eine schwere Stunde ...
Only Time Will Tell, The Sins of the Father, Best Kept Secret, Be Careful What You Wish For, Mightier than the Sword, Cometh the Hour, This Was a Man
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
#1 New York Times and international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles series has taken the world by storm, with 2.5 million copies in print in English. This multi-generational, multi-volume saga of fate, fortune, and redemption follows the Clifton and Barrington families on a breathtaking journey from 1920 all the way through the present. Here together for the first time in an eBook bundle are the complete Clifton Chronicles, including all seven novels: Only Time Will Tell The Sins of the Father Best Kept Secret Be Careful What You Wish For Mightier Than the Sword Cometh the Hour This Was a Man
Only Time Will Tell; The Sins of the Father; Best Kept Secret; Be Careful What You Wish For
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
#1 New York Times and international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles series has taken the world by storm, with 2.5 million copies in print in English. This multi-generational, multi-volume saga of fate, fortune, and redemption follows the Clifton and Barrington families on a breathtaking journey from 1920 all the way through the present. Here together for the first time in an eBook bundle are the first four Clifton Chronicles novels: Only Time Will Tell The first book in the Clifton Chronicles begins in 1920 with the words, "I was told that my father was killed in the war," launching the story of Harry Clifton, the hero of Archer's epic tale, and taking him as far as the beginning of WWII. The Sins of the Father On the run from a terrible family secret, Harry Clifton joins the Merchant Navy on the eve of WWII and must escape both the consequences of assuming another soldier's identity and the horrors of war. Best Kept Secret Now that Harry and the love of his life are free to marry, the powerful Clifton Chronicles moves into the 1950s and the boyhood of Harry's son Sebastian. Be Careful What You Wish For As the popular Clifton Chronicles advances to the 1960s, Harry's nemesis Don Pedro Martinez will stop at nothing to get his revenge on Harry on his family.
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. 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 march onto the page. 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? Best Kept Secret, the third book in Jeffrey Archer's gripping family saga The Clifton Chronicles, will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.
This Was a Man is the seventh and final, captivating instalment of the Clifton Chronicles from master storyteller Jeffrey Archer. This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job. Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank after Hakim Bishara resigns for personal reasons. Sebastian and his wife Samantha’s talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue. Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and the Barringtons. In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.
The tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1919, in Bristol. His father was a war hero, but it will be 21 tumultuous years before Harry discovers the truth about how his father really died and if, in fact, he even was his father. When he goes to school, he meets Giles Barrington, soon to become his best friend, and Giles's sister, Emma. From that moment, the two families will be forever entwined. Taking a cast of memorable characters from the ravages of the Great War through to the end of the Second World War, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.In Jeffrey Archer's masterful hands, you will be taken on a journey that you won't want to end, filled with gasp-making twists and turns. Discover the spellbinding family saga that has enthralled readers across the world and sold over five million copies.
The second book in the internationally bestselling Clifton Chronicles from master storyteller Jeffrey Archer "One of the top ten storytellers in the world." Los Angeles Times On arrival in America, Harry Clifton is arrested for first degree murder, for killing Bill Bradshaw. He is tried, found guilty, and sentenced to death by the electric chair. Meanwhile Emma goes to London to give birth to Sebastian, Harry's child. On visiting Maisie to introduce her to her grandson, she becomes convinced that Harry is still alive. With the help of Sir Walter, she goes to America in search of Harry, where she must then fight to save his life. Meanwhile, when Sir Walter dies, Hugo takes over the Barrington shipping line, but manages to run the company into the ground, and when war is declared, Giles Barrington leaves Oxford to join the Gloucestershire Regiment, gaining respect and eventually glory in the military. And as the war progresses, Sebastian is brought up by his grandmother, Elizabeth Barrington. As a young man, he falls in love with the sister of a school friend, whose father is an Argentinean businessman who has made a fortune in arms dealing to both sides during the war. The Sins of the Father is part of The Clifton Chronicles series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES SERIES BOOK 1: Only Time Will Tell BOOK 2: The Sins of the Father BOOK 3: Best Kept Secret BOOK 4: Be Careful What You Wish For BOOK 5: Mightier Than The Sword BOOK 6: Cometh The Hour
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? When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in Siberia. Babakov's crime? Writing a book called Uncle Joe, a devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin. So determined is Harry to see Babakov released and the book published, that he puts his own life in danger. His wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign, and Lady Virginia Fenwick will stop at nothing to cause Emma's downfall. Sir Giles Barrington is now a minister of the Crown, and looks set for even higher office, until an official trip to Berlin does not end as a diplomatic success. Once again, Giles's political career is thrown off balance by none other than his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher, who once again stands against him at the election. But who wins this time? In London, Harry and Emma's son, Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing's Bank in London, and has proposed to the beautiful young American, Samantha. But the despicable Adrian Sloane, a man interested only in his own advancement and the ruin of Sebastian, will stop at nothing to remove his rival. Jeffrey Archer's compelling Clifton Chronicles continue in this, his most accomplished novel to date. With all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the world's most popular authors, the spellbinding story of the Clifton and the Barrington families continues.
The captivating final instalment of the Clifton Chronicles from master storyteller Jeffrey Archer This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job. Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons. In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil. THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES SERIES BOOK 1: Only Time Will Tell BOOK 2: The Sins of the Father BOOK 3: Best Kept Secret BOOK 4: Be Careful What You Wish For BOOK 5: Mightier Than The Sword BOOK 6: Cometh The Hour BOOK 7: This Was a Man
The fourth book in the internationally bestselling Clifton Chronicles from master storyteller Jeffrey Archer "One of the top ten storytellers in the world." Los Angeles Times Be Careful 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 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. Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storyteller's talent as never before - when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal. THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES SERIES BOOK 1: Only Time Will Tell BOOK 2: The Sins of the Father BOOK 3: Best Kept Secret BOOK 4: Be Careful What You Wish For BOOK 5: Mightier Than The Sword BOOK 6: Cometh The Hour