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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,326 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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23 of 25 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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15 of 17 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 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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Deader field at his best! The story line starts in 1919 and then follows the lives office family's who live 'in the Avenue' on the outskirts if London. It is the story of 'ordinary folk' with the traumas of England leading uptown and through the Second World War.. Times of great change seen throughtothefinal the lives and activities of the five families who could be any from the whole fabric oBritain.
Very readable written by a master writer, maybe the book should be on the syllabus for any local history students.
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I remembered The author's name from a t.v. Series in the late seventies on I.T.V. But had never read anything by him.
What a revelation this book proved to be. R.F.Delderfield is a master story teller and the saga he relates in The Dreaming Suburb and it's sequel, The Avenue goes To War, are not only great pieces of fiction but provide a social history of Britain in the first half of the Twentieth Century that should be required reading by any one interested in this country. Highly reccommended.
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By Bookworm on 20 May 2014
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This is a fictional story of a group of quite ordinary families who all live on 'The Avenue' between the two world wars and I just found it fascinating. Within each family, as with real life, there are sub-stories and if, like me, you are interested in people, you will not be able to put this book down. Although written more than 50 years ago, you would never know other than the fact that there is no mention of drugs, human rights, and extreme violence. Or put it another way, just a nice simple story.
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