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World War II becomes an undeniable reality for the families of the Avenue in master storyteller R. F. Delderfield's gripping sequel to The Dreaming SuburbWith the world at war again, the inhabitants of the Avenue confront an uncertain future. Longtime Number Twenty resident Jim Carver once found fighting immoral, but when Luftwaffe bombs fall on his beloved Avenue he dedicates himself to the war effort. His eldest son Archie has come a long way from grocer's errand boy to owner of a chain of successful shops. Now he has fallen into an illicit affair with a neighbor on the Avenue whose husband is away fighting in the war. Esther Frith lives a solitary life on the Avenue, seemingly oblivious to the dangers of falling bombs now that the ravages of war have struck her family. Across the road at Number Twenty-Two, reclusive Harold Godbeer hates what the war is doing to his country. The Avenue Goes to War, the second novel in the Avenue saga that begins with The Dreaming Suburb, is a spellbinding novel about the connections forged between people during wartime.
Life didn't stop in the Avenue because the war had started . . . Berni Carver joins up with the Commandos with his twin brother hoping they will serve out the war together. Archie Carver is determined to end the war richer than when it started. Elaine Fraser seizes her opportunity to live a little now her husband is out of the way. War has broken out and the blitz will soon change everything in the Avenue. Many men have gone off to fight but others stay behind with less honourable intentions . . .
Our narrator is a young average to poor lad in England. He meets a young aristocratic Diana, who befriends him. Diana is aware of the social problems of befriending a lad, who is far below her social level. She remains in contact with him when she is home from school, throughout the years, and marriage might happen. Society would never accept this. She is always pushing buttons and acting like a spoiled brat. Is Diana just toying with our narrator? Is she serious?
Beautiful, resourceful, treacherous, vulnerable. She was a woman full of contradictions and he would never stop loving her. As a young girl Diana is irrepressible, untameable and, to the orphaned John, endlessly fascinating. Only daughter of a wealthy businessman, she is drawn both to a rigorous outdoor life in the west country with her horses and the glittering London society that will be her destiny. They spend a magical unconventional childhood together but Diana's ambition, her passion for life that makes her so desirable, pulls her away from all that makes her happy. The fierce friendship that grew inevitably to love, develops as inevitably to conflict and a betrayal that will mark them both - until the trials of war offers them redemption.
The lives of four families intersect in the first novel of master storyteller R. F. Delderfield's Avenue saga, set in an English suburb between 1919 when one war has just ended and 1940 when another has just begunIn the spring of 1919, his wife's death brings Sergeant Jim Carver home from the front. He returns to be a single parent to his seven children in a place he has never lived: Number Twenty, Manor Park Avenue. The Carvers' neighbor Eunice Fraser, at Number Twenty-Two, has also known tragedy. Her soldier husband was killed, leaving her and her eight-year-old son Esme to fend for themselves. At Number Four, Edith Clegg takes in lodgers and looks after her sister, Becky, whose mind has been shattered by a past trauma. No one knows much about the Friths, at Number Seventeen, who moved to the Avenue before the war. The Dreaming Suburb, the first novel in the Avenue saga that also includes The Avenue Goes to War, takes readers into the lives of these families as their hopes, dreams, and struggles are played out against a radically changing world.
Jim Carver: a tough, resolute war veteran, he returns from the trenches to build a better life for his family to find his wife dead. Archie Carver: Jim's eldest son, smart, ruthless, he has a quick eye for financial profits and beautiful women. Elaine Frith: beautiful and ambitious, she uses her charms to snare any man she thinks will bring her wealth. The First World War ends and the soldiers return to the peaceful Avenue. On the surface their homes look just the same, but behind the carefully tended front gardens everything has changed, and their families' lives in the next twenty years will be as turbulent as any they have known.
Sweeping Adam Swann and three generations of his family into the tide of events that followed Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, this stirring novel confronts them, and England, with the social upheaval of a rapidly changing world. The same revolutionary ferment that stirs up labor unrest also births the English suffragette movement, taking the family idealist, Giles, to Parliament. With conflicting interests, two of his brothers usher the family's firm into the twentieth century and another Swann brother, Alex, a professional soldier, attempts to introduce an outmoded army to modern tactics. Like their aging father, these Swanns strive energetically to wed personal dreams to national values-even as the rumble of the guns of August 1914 signals the end of the world as they and their country have known it. Give Us This Day is a stirring saga of England in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, as the social upheaval begins and the Great War looms, forever changing the landscape of England and her people.
The first novel in the epic God Is an Englishman series, this book is a stirring saga of England in the 19th century, as the Industrial Revolution takes hold, forever changing the landscape of England and her people. Adam Swann, scion of an army family, returns home in 1858 after service with Her Majesty's army in the Crimea and India, determined to build his fortune in the dog-eat-dog world of Victorian commerce. Swann is soon captivated by Henrietta, the high-spirited daughter of a local mill owner. As Swann works to build his name, he and Henrietta share adventures, reversal, and fortune. A beloved novel by a beloved author, God Is an Englishman is a treasure both for Delderfield fans and the growing legion of fans of historical fiction.
R. F. Delderfield concludes his bestselling A Horseman Riding By saga of twentieth-century England with a novel that follows the Craddock family through the end of World War II and the challenges of a new eraPaul Craddock's village in rural Devon has endured despite the heartbreak and sorrows of war. The landowner and his family have also known their share of loss. But now, as England struggles to rebuild in the aftermath of World War II, he and his wife, Claire, and their children confront new perils. With his livelihood threatened by emerging property laws and his family divided over the future of his beloved Shallowford estate, Craddock struggles to preserve his legacy. For his sons and daughter, the fifties and sixties will be a time of discovery and change that will resonate in the lives of their own children. The final novel in Delderfield's magnificent trilogy pays tribute to the courage and unflagging optimism of British villagers trying to keep step with modern times even as they cling to the traditions of a bygone world.The Green Gauntlet is the third novel in R. F. Delderfield's saga A Horseman Riding By, which begins with Long Summer Day and continues with Post of Honour.
In "The Green Gauntlet", we return to the seven families whose lives are rooted in the green acres of the great farming valley of Shallowford. The time is just at the outbreak of the Second World War, when the valiant pilots of the RAF are locked in combat with the Luftwaffe in the skies above Devon and England stands imperiled as never before by the dark shadow of Nazi invasion. The hero again is Paul Craddock -- older, wiser, but still fiercely dedicated to his land, to his children and grandchildren, to his tenants and to the vanishing way of life they represent.
The first book in R. F. Delderfield's bestselling A Horseman Riding By saga of twentieth-century England introduces Paul Craddock, a young war veteran who stakes his future on a neglected country estate in Devon After serving his country in the Boer War, injured Lieutenant Paul Craddock returns to England to resume civilian life. But things have changed since he joined the Imperial Yeomanry three years ago. His father has died, leaving Paul as heir to a scrap metal business he has no intention of continuing. Instead, he purchases an auctioned-off thirteen-hundred-acre estate in a secluded corner of Devon. Neglected and overgrown, Shallowford becomes the symbol of all that Paul has lost--and a reminder of the gentle place his homeland once was. And here, on this sprawling stretch of land, he will be changed by his love for two women: fiercely independent Grace Lovell, and lovely, demure Claire Derwent.Set in the English countryside in the first part of the previous century--from the long "Edwardian afternoon" following the death of Queen Victoria, to the gathering storm of World War I--Long Summer Day is the story of a man, his family, and a people struggling to adapt to life in a new world. Long Summer Day is the first novel in R. F. Delderfield's saga A Horseman Riding By, which continues with Post of Honour and The Green Gauntlet.
A biographical account of the infamous Napoleon I, the French Emperor -- and his relationships with the women in his life.
The second book in R. F. Delderfield's acclaimed A Horseman Riding By saga of twentieth-century England is a memorable slice of rural life, as one war gives way to the gathering storm clouds of the nextThrough hard work and love of the land, Boer War vet Paul Craddock has transformed the sprawling West Country estate of Shallowford. With his wife and three children he enjoys a peaceful country life. But war has begun its inevitable march across England, and this remote corner of Devon cannot escape its cruel destruction. Young farmers of the village--barely men when they enlist--are dying in the field or coming home to a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Yet as the Great War ends and another threatens to erupt, Craddock's faith and the strength he derives from his family will sustain him and his beloved village through trying, tumultuous times.Filled with vivid imagery and timeless emotion, this is the unforgettable story of a farming family and a vanishing way of life. Post of Honour is the second novel in R. F. Delderfield's A Horseman Riding By saga, which begins with Long Summer Day and continues with The Green Gauntlet.
(from book jacket flaps) IN THIS MAGNIFICENT saga which spans the heroic triumphs and defeats of Napoleon, R. F. Delderfield, the best-selling author of A Horseman Riding By, The Green Gauntlet God Is an Englishman and Theirs Was the Kingdom, relates the lives, the loves the battles and the enduring comradeship of seven soldiers, comrades and friends from Austria to Portugal, from Germany to Russia, and through the final defeat at Waterloo. Seldom has the master storyteller written in a more epic vein-, his novel takes the reader from the smoke of the battlefields to the councils of the Emperor, from the fire of Moscow, to Paris occupied by the Russians, from the life of French soldiers in captivity in England to the day-to-day concerns of ordinary Frenchmen and Frenchwomen at home, with a wealth of fascinating detail and a depth of understanding that are the hallmarks of Delderfield's fiction. Yet the focus of the novel remains its central characters-heroes in every sense of the word: Gabriel, the young painter turned dashing soldier-, Sergeant Jean Ticquet; Nicholas, the beau sabreur; Emmanuel with the attractive face and the merry eyes; Dominique, the farmhand; Claude, the romantic; Louis, the coachman who longs to be in the cavalry-and Nicholette, the beautiful young cantiniere, who marries one of them. . . . Sometimes united and sometimes separated, in war, peace, love, fortune, misfortune, adventure and danger, their stories are intertwined in the history of France and the glories of Napoleon until they face their fate together with their Emperor at the climactic moment of Waterloo. Full of romance, warmth and passion, Seven Men of Gascony is one of R. F. Delderfield's finest novels.
A humorous tale of the Pascoe family's tribulations and Pedlar Padcoe's journey in to the midst of the action of World War Two.
The second book in R.F. Delderfield's Swann family saga. Adam Swann's expanding business empire now stretches as far north as the Scottish Highlands and as far west as the Dublin Pale. Alex, his elder son, is a professional solder; George is a pioneer of the motor industry and his adopted daughter Deborah works to uncover the terrible injustices facing working-class women. The great edifice of the British Empire is beginning to crumble, and as the gap between prosperity and poverty widens Victorian England can no longer afford to be complacent . . .
Theirs Was the Kingdom is a stirring saga of England in the late 19th century, as the Industrial Revolution takes hold, forever changing the landscape of England and her people.
"R. F. Delderfield is a born storyteller." - Sunday Mirror. The beloved classic saga from master author R. F. Delderfield, subject of a landmark BBC miniseries. To Serve Them All My Days is the moving saga of David Powlett-Jones, who returns from World War I injured and shell-shocked. He is hired to teach history at Bamfylde School, where he rejects the formal curriculum and teaches the causes and consequences of the Great War. Eventually David earns the respect of his students and many of his fellow teachers, against the backdrop of a country struggling to redefine itself. As David falls in love and finds himself on track to possibly take on the headmaster role, he must search to find the strength to hold true to his beliefs as the specter of another great war looms. To Serve Them All My Days is a brilliant picture of England between the World Wars, as the country comes to terms with the horrors of the Great War and the new forces reshaping the British government and society. Subject of a Landmark BBC Miniseries, Includes Bonus Reading Group Guide.
This tale of the Peninsular campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars offers unforgettable adventure. In the lead is young ensign Keith Graham, trying desperately to elude capture and certain death. At his side is Gwyneth, beautiful, smart, experienced --- a woman of the world.
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