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Subject: Is anyone familiar with R.F. Delderfield?
Date Posted: 2/15/2008 8:54 PM ET
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I bought two books by this author at a library sale because they looked interesting.  Is this a well known author?

The books are "Give Us This Day" and "To Serve Them All My Days". 

I'd be interested to know if any of you have read either of these and how you liked them.

Lisa

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 6:37 PM ET
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I read To Serve Them All My Days many years ago and really liked it.  It's about a shell-shocked WWI veteran who becomes a teacher at a boys' school in England.  It was a mini-series on Masterpiece Theatre in the early 1980s that was very good - that's where I heard of the book.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 11:32 PM ET
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I'd love to see that mini-series some day.  Meanwhile, I look forward to the books!

Subject: R. F. Delderfield
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 2:32 AM ET
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Lisa, I read this series many years ago and truly enjoyed.  The first of the series is God is an Englishman and is set in Victorian England.  The focal character is Adam Swann and his wife Henrietta and the development of their haulage business.  Give us This Day is the second in the series and To Serve Them all my Days is the third.  The series focuses on the Swann Family over two generations.  This series would be classified as historical fiction.

Kathy S. I believe your description of a shell shocked WWI vet fits a different book.  It sound familar and I'm sure an excellent read as well .   

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 4:13 PM ET
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Well, actually, the dustjacket flap of To Serve Them All My Days says:

"With this new novel, the distinguished author of God Is An Englishman and Theirs Was the Kingdom interrrupts the best-selling cycle of the Swann family to write a book about a different, more modern England, an England emerging from the horrors and bloodshed of the 1914-18 war into the twenty years of change, upheaval and uneasy peace that ended with the Second World War.

Mr. Delderfield's hero is a schoolmaster, David Powlett-Jones, who survives the dreary carnage of the Western Front to become a teacher at a remote English "public" school, gradually maturing from a shell-shocked veteran scarcely older than his charges into a great headmaster, whose influence touches and changes the lives of hundreds of boys who pass through his care."

This is a great relief to me! =0)  It means I can read this book all on it's own.  Later I hope to track down some of the others to read in order.

It seems lately I keep finding books that are parts of a series, then I have to start looking for the others and it doesn't always end well!

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 10:35 PM ET
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Sorry Lisa- you are correct.

 

For the Swann series- "God is an Englishmen", followed by "Theirs was the Kingdom" , and the third is "Give Us This Day".  Sorry again for the confusion!!!!

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 9:53 AM ET
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No problem, Carol!  ;-}

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 5:38 PM ET
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I have several posted.  I really enjoyed  and have read  most of him.  It's too bad not many people know of him anymore.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 8:25 PM ET
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I haven't read those two books, but his "God is an Englishman" was terrific.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 8:52 PM ET
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I'm really loving "To Serve Them All My Days".  I read a little at a time on my breaks at work.  It's one of those books you want to just keep on going.  There's just something about this little world he creates.

I did finally get the other two books that go with "God Is An Englishman", so I look forward to reading them someday.

I'm getting so many terrific books through PBS and library sales, it's hard to know what to read next! LOL!