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by R. F. Delderfield

Theirs Was the Kingdom. Give Us This Day. To Serve Them All My Days. The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

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For himself, he was done with foreign travel he had not crossed the Chann.

For himself, he was done with foreign travel he had not crossed the Channel now for close on twenty years.

Delderfield attended an infant school in Bermondsey, then a "seedy and . 1970–1973: God is an Englishman, Theirs was the Kingdom, and Give Us This Day belong to the "Swann saga".

Delderfield attended an infant school in Bermondsey, then a "seedy and pretentious" small private school - "seventy boys and four underpaid ushers, presided over by a jovial gentleman who wore blue serge". 18 He then went to a council school, which he hated, but which provided him with the prototype for Mr. Short in The Avenue. Delderfield also published non-fiction books on Napoleonic history, historical novels involving the Napoleonic Wars, and some isolated novels set in more contemporary periods.

The 1880s in England were a laissez-faire decade of national optimism and prosperity, of rampant colonialism, typhoid epidemics, and a Diamond Jubilee.

Theirs Was the Kingdom book. I was so glad to see the Delderfield books released on kindle. I am rereading all of them and enjoying the Swann family saga as much as the first time. A brilliantly woven tapestry of history and adventure, this.

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The narrator, Peter J. Rea, discusses the following books: 1. A Walk across America, Peter Jenkins, 1979. 6. Gone to Soldiers, Marge Piercy, 1987. 7. Theirs was the Kingdom, R. Ronnie Delderfield, 1970. 2. The Walk West, Peter and Barbara Jenkins, 1981. 3. Lincoln, Gore Vidal, 1984. 4. Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham, 1915. 5. Little Men, Louisa May Alcott, 1871. 8. Burr, Gore Vidal, 1973. 9. Chickenhawk, Robert Mason, 1983.

The second book in . Delderfield was born in South London in 1912. Delderfield's brilliant saga of the Swann family, which has captivated readers since its first appearance. From there he began to write stage plays and then became a highly successful novelist, renowned for brilliantly portraying slices of English life. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 9 years ago. This is book two of the three-book Swan Saga. It was as advertised, and I was pleased to find it.

Theirs Was the Kingdom [hardcover] Delderfield, R. F. [Mar 01, 1971] ...
R F Delderfield has long been one of my favourite novelists of family sagas set in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The Swann family saga is at the top of my list because it covers the exciting time when England moved from a basically feudal society to a modern industrialised society in a couple of generations. This is the second in the series, which started with God Is an Englishman.

The Swann family, headed by Adam Swann, is the start of a rich, prosperous Victorian upper middle class dynasty. Adam, back from the wars at the beginning of Victoria's reign, started a successful transport company "Swann on Wheels" that covers all of the UK providing horse-driven freight transport to and from the railways, factories and ports. The business has its own "family" of loyal staff scattered around the country, many of whom started with nothing and worked their way to success through the backing of astute businessman Adam Swann.

Adam and Henrietta are also starting to grow their own Swann dynasty of 9 children, all with different abilities and character. The challenge to Henrietta is to mold these characteristics to allow her children to make their mark in Victorian society. Adam is frequently too busy or tired to help, but he is mostly an understanding and supportive father when the need arises.

The eldest children are a microcosm of Victorian achievements. Alex joins the Army and is totally unprepared and untrained for the butchery of the Zulu wars which he barely survives. The eldest, Stella, has to be rescued from an unbearable marriage. George is the main hope to take over the business but he is distracted by his absorbing interest in the advent of horseless transport with the development of the internal combustion engine - and Adam doesn't understand the impact that this will have on his business. Giles is undoubtedly the brains and heart of the family but finds it difficult to settle down to the humdrum of business.

In the end they all find great but mostly unexpected partners to take the Swann dynasty into the Edwardian world (and the last book in the saga Give Us This Day (Swann Family Saga Book 3)).

Delderfield is a born storyteller who gives us a evocative and fantastic insight into Victorian society, politics, families and business in the second half of the 19th Century. At the same time as revisiting this great saga I have also been reading Malcolm Macdonald's Stevenson family saga again (starting with World From Rough Stones (Stevenson Saga Book 1)) which covers the same era in a slightly different way. While Swann is rich, Stevenson is mega-rich and faces up to the traumas of the nouveaux riche in entering Victorian high society. Both series cover the same era in slightly different ways and if you are a Victorian history junkie, like me, you will want to read both series even though each of their books are lengthy tomes.
This is the second of three novels telling the epic story of the Swann family: mother, father, and nine children. The parents have hopes and dreams for the children but allow them the freedom to find their own way, make their own mistakes, and finally come back to the family.

I love stories set in the Victorian period, and this is one of the best. The patriarch Adam Swann struggle as much against the constraints of the society as he does against the challenges of growing a business. When he is injured in a train accident and loses a leg, it is his wife who teams up with one of his female employees to run his business and keep it going until he returns.

Each family member gets his attention, 768 pages worth. Now I'm on to read Give Us This Day to see how it all wraps up.
I was so glad to see the Delderfield books released on kindle. I am rereading all of them and enjoying the Swann family saga as much as the first time. Order them all as you will not want to wait between books.
Knights from Bernin
The saga continues with the children of Adam and Henrietta Swann emerging into adulthood. Delderfield weaves a story rich with equal parts of love, conflict, and resolution. I have enjoyed this series as much as Graham's POLDARK series.
The second book in the God Is An Englishman trilogy, this continues the saga of the amazing Adam Swann and his family. This books falls a little short on the expectation promised in the first book, but is still worthwhile as the reader finds what happens down the line without having to wait half a century for some hand-picked writer to come up with a sequel (e.g., that awful thing that tried to convince the world of what happened to Scarlet O'Hara after Rhett's departure). If you fell in love with Adam Swann in the first book, you really want to read this one, too.
grand star
Richly written with much detail but as more book is behind you the more rehashing of the past is done. Some of this is necessary in sagas but it becomes something akin to commercial interruptions on television here. Too often and too long. And since this saga started in the previous book, "God is an Englishman", he's really reaching back now.
Great story line but a lot of rehashing of 'God is an Englishman' which made it wordy and repetitive. If you did not read te first book in this trilogy then you would enjoy the whole book.
I reread this trilogy every few years and it never fails to provide enjoyment. A wonderful way to learn history!
Theirs Was the Kingdom ebook
R. F. Delderfield
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Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; Book Club edition (March 1, 1971)
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