The Clifton Chronicles

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Jeffrey Archer’s boldest undertaking, spanning 7 books, and bringing to life the key historical and political events of the 20th century over the course of one family’s story, with their triumphs and their tragedies.

It’s a thrilling episodic saga of love, loss, betrayal and ambition, taking the reader on an exhilarating journey from the back alleys of Bristol to the teeming streets of New York City and the gulags of Stalinist Russia. The ambition of its scale and its memorable cast of characters have captured the imaginations of readers across the globe.

Top 10 selling series of all time on Amazon (see link)

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"From the beginning one is aware that they are in the hands of an author who has perfected his craft, has a firm grasp of his characters and the plot."

"There isn’t one book of Jeffrey Archer that I haven’t enjoyed. A truly remarkable storyteller."

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The Clifton Chronicles
Over 300,000 5* reader reviews

"The Chronicles would make a terrific drama series for TV. Thank you Mr Archer."

"I have read The Chronicles from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed my journey."

"Archer never fails to capture the readers’ interest. How I managed to forget he is such a good writer is beyond me. Can’t wait to get to the next book."

"Jeffrey Archer is a very easy author to read, and I was captivated from the first page. I look forward to the rest of the Clifton Chronicles."

"It’s a long time since I enjoyed a book as much as I have enjoyed the first two of this series."

"Again another page turner from Jeffrey Archer with a cliffhanger that makes the reader want to find out what happens in the next book. "

"If you love novels and reading and great twists and turns, then I would highly recommend JA’s books to get your teeth stuck into."

"This is the second book in the Clifton Chronicles, in every way just as good as the first one. "

"The story is brilliant, but most of all it’s the way he has written them."

" Loved, loved, loved this second instalment of Archer’s Clifton Chronicles."

"You’ve probably already read people saying that Jeffrey is a great storyteller and it’s true."

"This is the first Jeffrey Archer book I’ve read and all I can say is that it is a superb read. "

"I’ve now finished that and have ordered the complete series, brilliant read but addictive."

"Having finished the first book I shall happily look forward to the rest of the Chronicles and many happy reading hours ahead."

"From the very outset I was completely taken into the story and the characters."

"I was hooked from the opening pages and immediately downloaded all the other books in the series!"

"I have only praise and worship for Jeffrey Archer, for this moving first volume of the Clifton Chronicles."

"What an excellent beginning to a wonderful adventure."

"Jeffrey Archer hits it out of the park with this epic tale of a young boy trying, with the help of his friends and family, to make his life something no less than extraordinary."

"Don’t know why it has taken me so long to start reading these books, but now I have I can’t stop."

"Well done Jeffrey Archer, a great talent for storytelling. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."

"Oh my goodness, I cannot wait for the next book in this magnificent series. This would make a great television drama. "

"A highly recommended book as with all Jeffrey Archer’s books. He is a naturally gifted and outstanding storyteller."

"There are so many twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and as with all Jeffrey Archer’s books plenty of surprises."

"Jeffrey Archer still has the reader turning page after page to find out what is going to happen next – the sign of a brilliant writer…"

"I’ll certainly be sorry to finish this wonderful saga as it has provided me with so much enjoyment over the past few weeks."

"I would love to see this series of books made into a TV series – I think it would make very good viewing."

"I promise you that you will be enmeshed in the story telling and will be happy that you have read The Clifton Chronicles."

"I have come to the conclusion that Jeffrey Archer is one of the best storytellers and authors around."

"I didn’t want to finish this book because I wanted it to last as long as I could drag it out."

"The sixth book in The Clifton Chronicles does not disappoint. Each chapter has you reading ‘just another chapter’."

"This book is just as good as the first two and proves what a good writer Jeffrey Archer is."

"I am absolutely hooked on the Clifton Chronicles and cannot recommend them too highly."

"This Clifton Chronicles series is brilliant."

"Jeffrey Archer has become one of my favourite authors, his books grip you from page one until the end."

"Would love these books to be made into a film or a TV series. "

"I read the whole series in less than a week, just couldn’t put my Kindle down."

"It should really be made into a series which spans the years from when we first meet Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington and their families."

"Jeffrey Archer is a storyteller second to none."

"The third book in the amazing Clifton Chronicles. Jeffrey Archer never disappoints, he is a master storyteller. "

"Another Jeffrey Archer page turner!"

"I actually felt bereft when I’d finished Be Careful What You Wish For, the fourth book in Archer’s Barrington family saga. Quite frankly it’s another epic read."

"This series has exceeded my expectations in every way."

"As to be expected from a master storyteller, the books are incredibly well written with just the right amount of detail, just the right amount of suspense all served up with well written, flowing prose."

"The Clifton Chronicles have become an addictive ‘must read’ series."

"Despite it being 1am when I finished this, I jumped out of bed and grabbed the next volume – Mightier than the Sword – as I just had to know the outcome…"

"I have always loved Jeffrey Archer books and this series is one of my favourites. Can’t wait to read the last in the series…"

"I started to read something else, and realized I literally MISSED Archer’s characters. "

"I have now read little else than this entire series."

"I have read all 7 books and loved everyone. I have just finished the last one and couldn’t stop crying. The books are really wonderful. "

"If the ‘Clifton Chronicles’ is ever made in a series of films I would be the first in the queue. Well done."

"Jeffrey Archer is such a wonderful expressive writer and enjoy all his novels."

"Five stars all the way for this wonderful book."

"A triumph for both the author and fiction as a whole."

"The grand finale at the conclusion of This Was A Man is possibly the most cleverly crafted ending I’ve ever read."

"A magnificent and masterful final chapter in the Clifton / Barrington saga. "

"The last chapter was so moving, I cried."

"With 7 books in this Clifton Chronicles, it is an epic, a family drama spanning a century. You grow to know them individually."

"I have been glued to my Kindle, reading all of Harry’s adventures – wonderful cast – do hope someone takes this up to make a TV series. "

"I hate to wish my life away but am now counting the weeks until the next instalment! "

"I have absolutely loved this Clifton series and as each book finishes I just can’t wait to start the next one."

"Sadly this book only kept me occupied for just over a day – unputdownable!"

"This is the fifth book in the Clifton series and it’s an absolute cracker."

"Jeffrey Archer is a great storyteller… this series is by far the best he has ever written."

"This series is wonderful and engaging, I couldn’t put it down. The only time I wasn’t reading was when I fell asleep reading."

"There isn’t one book of Jeffrey Archer that I haven’t enjoyed. A truly remarkable storyteller."

"From the beginning one is aware that they are in the hands of an author who has perfected his craft, has a firm grasp of his characters and the plot."

"This series is wonderful and engaging, I couldn’t put it down. The only time I wasn’t reading was when I fell asleep reading."