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Give Us This Day

ISBN: 9781402218231

By: R. Delderfield

Published: 05/31/2010

This book is a stirring saga of England in the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, as the social upheaval begins and the Great War looms, forever changing the landscape of England and her people.

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in the beloved classic God Is an Englishman saga

“A heroic finale to the author’s cavalcade of middle-class life.”
—W. B. Hill, Best Sellers

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.

“Mr. Delderfield’s vast public will find here…his undimmed facility as a storyteller.”
—The New Yorker

“Rich and rewarding, the sort of thing to read at leisure and peacefully. Moreover, it is authentic…It has the spirit of the times.”
—Library Journal

About the Author

Born in 1912., R. F. Delderfield was a journalist, playwright and novelist, renowned for brilliantly portraying slices of English life. He is one of England's beloved novelists, with many of his novels being adapted into television and film, including the landmark BBC miniseries of To Serve Them All My Days.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE : Three Score Years and Ten        1
1. Clash of Symbols             2
2. Paper Ambush             19
3. Bedside Whisper              28
4. Reconnaissance              46
5. River Scene              63
6. Return of Atlas             74
7. A Titan, Fishing              91
8. Swanns at Large            103
PART TWO: Tailtwist          121
1. Breakthrough             122
2. George versus the Clock          129
3. Drumbeat               147
4. Sacrifice to Dagon            164
5. The Fists of Righteous Harmony        182
6. Study in Black              192
PART THREE: Towards the Summit        207
1. Headstart               208
2. Snailpath Odyssey             228
3. Confrontations              250
4. Dreams at Tryst            266
PART FOUR: Reconnaissance        279
1. In the Beginning There Was George…        280
2. Swann Whirligig, 1905–06          294
3. The Servile War            319
4. Anniversaries and Occasions           345
5. Landmark               368
PART FIVE: Journey into Chaos         383
1. Win One, Lose One             384
2. Incident in Whitehall           403
3. The Last Rally              427
4. Snowslide               433
5. Stella               454
6. The Strategist             475
7. Interception               489
8. As From a Pinnacle            503
9. Upon St. Vitus’s Day           512
10. Heatwave               537

Excerpt

From Chapter 1:

On the morning of his seventieth birthday, in the Jubilee month of June 1897, Adam Swann, onetime cavalryman, subsequently haulier extraordinary, now landscaper and connois

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 24.00 oz
Page Count: 576 pages

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