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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing saga of Victorian Britain
Theirs Was the Kingdom is the second in a trilogy about people, events and the life and times of Victorian Britain. It's an old friend of mine: I've read the trilogy three or four times, and find it a great holiday read - it's too absorbing to risk having around when work is pressing. Delderfield uses the fortunes of the Swann family to portray Victorian society as...
Published on 15 Sept. 2001 by Kathy Lang

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3.0 out of 5 stars slow and lightweight
If you want a quiet, slow read over a long period of time, this is a good book. It is harmless. Nothing ever happens to anyone that is in any way harsh or jarring. But, it does feel like it was written to a pre-plotted scheme and lacks some drama. I did like the way the author would periodically remind the reader of all the characters in the book, which kept you from...
Published on 30 Sept. 2009 by Dr John N Sutherland


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing saga of Victorian Britain, 15 Sept. 2001
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Kathy Lang (Cornwall, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Theirs Was the Kingdom (The Swann Family Saga: Volume 2) (Paperback)
Theirs Was the Kingdom is the second in a trilogy about people, events and the life and times of Victorian Britain. It's an old friend of mine: I've read the trilogy three or four times, and find it a great holiday read - it's too absorbing to risk having around when work is pressing. Delderfield uses the fortunes of the Swann family to portray Victorian society as Britain develops from a small but energetic nation to the head of the greatest empire of modern times. But Delderfield was a man of his times too, and, although by trade a journalist, he loves the stately prose of a more leisured age than ours. So it's not for the concentration-challenged; but if you appreciate good writing and an absorbing story, you'll value every page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping family saga continues towards the twentieth century, 16 Oct. 1999
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This review is from: Theirs Was the Kingdom (The Swann Family Saga: Volume 2) (Paperback)
This tome continues where "God is an Englishman" left off, relating the fortunes and failures of the children of Adam and Henrietta Swann. They had nine in total, so there is plenty to tell. Delderfield is a leisurely writer, occupied as much with the changing landscape of Victorian England as he is with the changing lives of his characters. This is not a book for the faint-hearted reader raised on sound bites. It is a book of immense detail and characterization--an entire generation has been created in the mind of one man, and he takes nearly 900 pages to present it to his reader. If you like your books long, if you relish the magnificence of English history, and if you've already read "God is an Englishman", then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of a compelling saga...., 10 Jan. 2000
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I felt compelled to submit this review after being shocked by the low overall rating og this book. I found it to be an excellent second piece to the trilogy and a joy to read. Not for the reader who's looking for a "quick read," but engaging enough to make the time fly, Theirs Was the Kingdom--like it's companions in the Swann saga--is an excellent story, and you'll reach the last page thankful that there's more to come. Don't miss it: curl up by the fire w/a good glass of wine and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb saga about the grouth of Victorian England through the ..., 7 July 2014
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Superb saga about the grouth of Victorian England through the eyes of a self made man and his wife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaning, 27 May 2014
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I have read these books by this auther for many years and felt that if I was stuck on a desert island with the choise of one writer
R F delderfield would be my choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swann Family Saga, 13 Nov. 2013
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Shows how progress took over even in that period. It is an interesting look at life over 150 years ago
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5.0 out of 5 stars a family saga, 24 Oct. 2013
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a fantastic read, a story of one mans ambitions and how he achieved a dream, also a story of a family, this book has a lot of feel good factoe about it, can,t wait to read the next in series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Saga by R F Delderfield., 3 Sept. 2013
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Have read this book countless times. Have always loved R F Delderfield Books. Cannot understand why the Trilogy has not been serialised on TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic well crafted book, 22 Aug. 2013
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I was delighted to find this book on the kindle list; its long been a favorite of mine along with the others in the set. He is a magnificent writer, with a use of language not often seen now a days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars theirs was the Kingdom, 2 July 2013
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I always enjoy a good book that is well written and factual correct and R F Delderfield is just that. However enjoyment of reading the book was spolit, because a number of paragraphs were repeated as much as four times section three.
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