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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034096376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963760
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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On the outside the Avenue appeared so peaceful but this is a story of turbulent change, of boom and bust, mass unemployment, new freedoms and restrictions, the Blackshirts, and jazz.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Halliday on 27 Feb. 2008
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This book is the first in a set of two books. I love the way that it concentrates on one road in a suburb of London and follows the lives of several families. It starts in the early 1900's and progresses to the second world war. Can't recommend it enough....once you've read it you will have to read the sequel 'The Avenue goes to war' straight away.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Parker on 1 Aug. 2008
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This book and its follow up "The Avenue goes to War" are two modern day classics. They tell the story of an avenue in South London between the first and second world wars and then continues through the war to around 1948. It tells the story mainly around the Carver family at first and we are introduced to the other residents through the eyes of the Carvers. If this book reminds me of anything it is the wartime film "This Happy Breed" which tells a similar story around a wartime, suburb of London.
Reading between the lines and looking at maps of London I think the Avenue Story is based in Croydon but of course this is Hypothesis and supposition. No matter it is a great story telling the story of the Avenue from 1919 until 1940(The Dreaming Suburb) and then from 1941 to 1948 (The Avenue Goes to War)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on 22 July 2012
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If you have an interest in social history of England between the wars, try this one. A good read, although there are some historical inaccuracies which I found annoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaggieB on 20 May 2013
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A very good book by an excellent author. I first read it many years ago and enjoyed it just as much today, together with its sequel "The Avenue Goes To War" As someone who grew up in South London, I could identify with the road and the people who lived in it. I t gave me a great deal of pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosa on 5 April 2013
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Had not read any R.F. Delder field since my teens; I vaguely remember this being televised and am trying to remember who the actors were. I found it difficult to put down as I got so involved in the brilliantly created characters. Reminded me a little of Noel Coward's 'This Happy Breed'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sueb on 14 Mar. 2011
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I returned to this book ,and vol 2 the avenue goes to war,having read them both years ago,and enjoyed them just as much as i did back then,.Delderfield writes with a ecconmy of words but without leaving the reader wishing it was otherwise,the story of the avenue ,s doings between the wars ,will make the reader keen to read vol 2.A VERY GOOD READ SUEB
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookelephant on 1 Jun. 2011
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I came back to this book and its sequel The Avenue Goes to War after reading The Blitz: The British Under Attack, which describes the general experience of the Blitz, with (naturally) much reference to London. Delderfield's books range much wider: this one, "The Dreaming Suburb" does cover the Blitz (on which he puts not a foot wrong, as far as I can see) but from a perspective of bringing his protagonists from the end of WWI through the experience of the twenties and thirties. Thus the reactions of his many and various characters to wartime conditions is based on a well established sense of who they are - and it is this which makes the books such thorough successes. People ract according to their established characters, the war is seen to throw up road blocks in the way of long held dreams and plans and there is a sense of peoples' journey though life, which is deeply satisfying.
If there is a criticism it is that they really do not stand independently as books - I can't imagiine reading this and finding it satisfactory then not to read "The Avenue at War". But I always rather like being pulled on to read the next book, so that didn't bother me.
In some ways this is a city companion piece to his "Horseman Riding By" series which deals with the changes in country life over a slighly longer period. I prefer the latter, in part because of the clearly drawn structure of who is our hero - something which the Avenue books lack - but I suspect that that actually makes them truer to life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andi on 1 Oct. 2012
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I wish I had seen the review stating that the Kindle version of this book is full of typos as I wouldn't have wasted
money on it. Do I get a refund ? If I bought a book with so many errors I would be returning it !
The story is good, not the best Delderfield, slightly aloof, but still enjoyable once I have figured out what the words are supposed to be !
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