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The Avenue Goes to War [Paperback]

R. F. Delderfield , R.F. Delderfield
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6 Mar 2008

Life didn't stop in the Avenue because the war had started . . .

Berni Carver joins up with the Commandos with his twin brother hoping they will serve out the war together.

Archie Carver is determined to end the war richer than when it started.

Elaine Fraser seizes her opportunity to live a little now her husband is out of the way.

War has broken out and the blitz will soon change everything in the Avenue. Many men have gone off to fight but others stay behind with less honourable intentions . . .



Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340963786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963784
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr Delderfield's manner is easy, modest, heartwarming (Evening Standard)

R F Delderfield is a born storyteller ( Sunday Mirror)

Sheer, wonderful storytelling (Chicago Tribune)

It is always a pleasure to read R F Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well (Books and Bookmen)

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)

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Traditional fiction with big nostalgic appeal.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic saga 5 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
"The Avenue Go to War" is the second book in a series, "The Dreaming Suburb" being the first. This is one of my favourite books. It is a story set in a London suburb between the end of the first and the start of the second world wars. Very well written, the detail of life in that period is so vivid, and you really want to know what happens next to each street resident. Delderfield's other books are also worth reading and some have been made into TV series as was this in 1978 as "People Like Us "but it has never available to buy. It would be excellent if someone adapted this again for TV instead of constantly remaking Dickens/Austen/Conan Doyle/Christie works that have been done well in the recent past. There are other great British writers such as Delderfield who need bringing to a new audience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A word picture of the second world war. 10 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is the second and final part of the short series "People like us".The first book is called "The dreaming suburb". Both books are astonishing for the breadth of characters and the detailed plots, which Delderfield has imagined. Both are wonderfully paced and exciting in narrative; true page turners.The two books form a compelling saga of England in the period 1919-1947. The richness of the characters will challenge you to decide who is your particular hero or heroine.No higher compliment can be paid than to suggest you will wish to read these books time and again. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version 5 Mar 2013
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This book was one read by a book group I belong to. it is a long book and I purchased the Kindle version rather than reading the free library book on offer through the club because it makes easier handling and reading for me.

What a disappointment!

Probably a really good book. Indeed many members gave it a good review.

I, however, became so annoyed by the constant errors - spelling and punctuation, etc. I started to highlight each error and was so distracted from the story I couldn't finish the book.

I have encountered mistakes in other books before but never so many I couldn't finish the book!

If I knew how I would ask for a refund from Amazon because of the poor translation to Kindle. Just not good enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The story is as good as it's always been. But there were too many errors in your eprint. mxed up wrds , puncuation errorrs , etc
This did not allow the reading to flow evenly and thus cut the enjoyment factor down low.Sorting out the meaning of the jumbled words was time consummingwhen I should have beenenjoying the book.There were about 30+ faults, so I suggest using a spell checker and /or a proof reader.You reallybuggered this one up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Kindle version 1 July 2012
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I loved the story but the Kindle version contains so many mistakes that it distracts from the pleasure of the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars THE AVENUE GOES TO WAR 8 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Was spoilt for me by the appalling proof editing with so many typing errors that I almost didn't bother to finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unputdownable book 8 Mar 2014
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I have had this book for 20 odd years and often read i just for the pleasure of reading the beautifull constructed story again, even though I know each bit of it,.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Superb R F Delderfield 3 Mar 2014
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Can't really understand why this author is not better known and more widely applauded today. A good engaging read, vivid characters. A good buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Living history
Love the book. Great fan of RFD. Beautifully written with great sympathy for his characters. A true picture of Britain.
Published 8 months ago by cbs at 25
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Class in Story Telling.
Delderfield is a master of his art and this sequel to The Dereaming Suburb is as lovely a read as that novel. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wordy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avenue
The second part of a series. Superbly written and one that you can keep returning to. Love this authors writing
Published 9 months ago by Wendy Findlay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avenue Goes to War
some might find it old fashioned but very readable and it captures the zeit geist of wartime morals of ordinary people.
Published 10 months ago by Terence Laarge
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable
This work being completion of avenue story I am satisfied with as a must read, but in view of it being a cheap used edition and the paperbacks pages being already much faded with... Read more
Published 12 months ago by gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
An old friend re read and as good as I remember. Looking forward to reading more books from the same author.
Published 14 months ago by S Jebb
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avenue Goes to War by R F Delderfield
I really enjoyed this book but it is probably best to read after "The Dreaming Suburb" which is a prequil and introduces most of the characters who live in this south... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lyn Kear
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avenue Goes to War by R.F. Delderfield
A really good - well written book - this book continues the story began in " THE DREAMING SUBURB" - I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to read about... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. I. J. Goodland
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