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Diana (Coronet Books) [Paperback]

R. F. Delderfield
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1 Mar 1980 Coronet Books
John Leigh was 15 years old and an orphan when he first saw the beautiful Diana, daughter of a wealthy local family. He fell instantly in love with her and with the great house that was for them alone "Sennacharib".

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  • Paperback: 666 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New edition edition (1 Mar 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340238402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340238400
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,038,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for R F Delderfield:

'Seldom has the enchantment of young love been so tenderly drawn as in this story' (Literary Guild)

'A charming novel . . . recaptures with refreshing simplicity the awkwardness, excitement and delights of youth.' (New York Times )

R.F. Delderfield is a born storyteller (Sunday Mirror)

He built an imposing artistic social history that promises to join those of his great forebears in the long, noble line of the English novel. His narratives belong in a tradition that goes back to John Galsworthy and Arnold Bennett (Life Magazine)

Sheer, wonderful storytelling (Chicago Tribune)

Highly recommended. Combines tension with a splendid sense of atmosphere and vivid characterisation. An excellent read (Sunday Express)

'A charming novel . . . recaptures with refreshing simplicity the awkwardness, excitement and delights of youth.' (New York Times)

It is always a pleasure to read R F Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well . . . Today he is a bestseller wherever English language books are read (Books and Bookmen)

Mr Delderfield's manner is easy, modest, heartwarming (Evening Standard) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Sheer, wonderful storytelling' - Chicago Tribune - in this bestselling novel now being reissued as a Great Read. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling clash of culture and fate 11 Jan 2007
I first read this book when I was a teenager, and it captivated me instantly, due to a combination of the author's style (this is always important to me) and an inaginitive yet believable plot.

I first read it after seeing it dramatised on BBC tv, and would love to watch it again now that I'm in my thirties...but I cannot find any details of it on video or dvd... Written from the viewpoint of the male protganist, this is a story about a young working class man's infatuation with a lively young woman of the upper class which turns to deep enduring love, despite opposition and separation, and their involvment in the second world war. It is not a romance in the sense of a walking off into the subnset at the end but it is a book about love, the fullfillment and unfullfillment of love, and its consequences.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving and deeply involving book. 13 Dec 2000
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A must for any romantic's library. The story follows the life of John Leigh, poor, orphaned and left to the upbringing of a mottly colection of uncles in a west country village with little prospect of any 'real' life. But John's life is spun around and taken over by the chance meeting with Diana, daughter of a wealthy business man and his snobish wife. An impossible friendship, joint love of the west country and a teenage romance much to the horror of Diana's parents leads to a prolonged seperation, chance meetings and the development of John into a man worthy of note. John's life is devoted to winning back Diana and the approval of her family. However, his efforts are punctuated by the onset of the second world war where he rediscovers Diana, married to a conspiritor and fighting with the French resistance. With a child John had never known, they attempt to rebuild a life together but John is 'volunteered' for a suicide mission. With the failure of the mission and John's life at stake Diana plans a rescue resulting in her own capture. John, recovered from a near fatal injury and bitter by the thought of Diana dead, falls into the ruthless killing of the enemy until chance brings him to Diana again as a POW and a further reckless escape...
This is not a story of 'happy ever after' but a very moving tale of love and loss of the deepest kind. Despite many readings it has never failed to move me to tears.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book to take on holiday 15 April 2012
By Ladyg
I enjoyed this book, it is a tragic love story that weaves through the years in the lives of Jan and Diana skilfully written in a very descriptive manner. Delderfield really conjours up the atmosphere of the countryside and nature, he excels in that field and his obvious love of the outdoors comes through to the reader, pretty similar in that way to Thomas Hardy. At times I found the book a little slow but then it would pick up pace again and keep me reading to see what the outcome would be and the end to the love story. A very pleasant read not too challenging a good book to take on holiday to relax with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much as expected 15 Jun 2013
By gabriel
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I as many others had tried in vain to obtain a DVD series copy of the seventies TV series, I hadn't seen the written work in the local library but finding it offered on line I opted to purchase copy and thoroughly enjoyed the read of this substantial sized book of which I would needless to say I highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long lost era 21 April 2014
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I enjoyed reading Diana. This is set in an era that is long lost but by an author who lived in the period. It is a bit dated and at times the passages are too long winded. But a lot happens and it does keep you interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this BOOK 12 Jan 2014
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If you Love romance, war, class struggle and history, YOU¨LL love this book. Well writen and interesting to boot, worth the money.
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