Theirs Was the Kingdom Author:R. F. Delderfield Book Two in the trilogy of the British Swann family from 1878-1889. (Book One: God is an Englishman; Book Three: Give Us This Day.) Adam Swann is the central character - ambitious, deeply in love with his tough minded and independent wife, Henrietta, passionately devoted to his work - but the focus of the novel is beginning to turn to his four a... more »dult children and their far flung concerns.
These books are one of the most successful and compelling family sagas in English literature. The depth of the writing provides insightful portraits of all the many characters so you come to know them well. The books also impart an understanding of the history of the years 1858-1889 and the dramatic changes from a pastoral England caused by the Industrial Revolution. If you enjoy well written historical novels, you will want to read all three; probably more than once - they are that good!« less