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Diana (Hodder Great Reads)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2012
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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2000
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I watched this when the BBC made it into a ten part series in the 1980s and cried my way through it right to the end. For years I tried to get hold of copies of this series and finally someone came up with what they had saved on video and turned into a DVD, so was able to watch it again. This prompted me to get an ecopy of the book as well as a paper back which is so dog eared from being read countless times. Especially love the part that covers the Second World War exploits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
Haven't read a Delderfield for several years and wasn't disappointed but was not gripped by the characters as much as in for example, A Horseman Riding By and To Serve Them All My Days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2014
This is a very well written and emotional story which you will find difficult to put down and like me will want to pick and read again from time to time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
Another R F Delderfield book which I didn't know about. Such a great author and this is so different from his other book, but a great read as usual
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
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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