For my old friend and colleague Eric McKenzie, as enterprising as any Swann. Salesman and cheer-leader extraordinary.
Towards noon, when Swann's carters, stablemen and vanboys gathered in the yard and about the sprawl of sheds and warehouses, munching their bread and cheese and spilling shards of pastry from penny pies bought at the stand lower down Tooley Street, cohorts of London sparrows attended them.
He said, conspiratorially, "We'll leave 'em to it in half-an-hour or so, shall we?" and she nodded, so eagerly that he chuckled, drawing her forward into the storm centre of conviviality across that hall.
860 pages Paperback, Book One of Swann Saga. From the Dusty plains and bloody battles of India to the teeming slums of 19th century London, this is the epic saga of Adam Swann, the dynasty he founded, and the tempestuous runaway girl he met on the moors who became his mistress, wife and partner. Normally do not like book cover descriptions but this one says it all!
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 ...
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The eagerly awaited reissue of the second novel in R. F. Delderfield's classic God Is an Englishman series 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. The 1880s in England were a laissez-faire decade of national optimism and prosperity, of rampant colonialism, typhoid epidemics, and a Diamond Jubilee. This follow-up novel to God Is an Englishman continues the saga of the Victorian giant of commerce Adam Swann, his tough-minded wife Henrietta, and their five children. This prolific tale records the triumphs and tragedies of a memorable family and a nation at the height of its imperial power. A beloved novel by a beloved author, Theirs Was the Kingdom is a luminous historical novel of a family's fortune and a nation's destiny.… (more)