To Serve Them All My Days

R.F Delderfield is a born storyteller Sunday Mirror The beloved classic saga from master author R F Delderfield, subject of a landmark BBC miniseries To Serve Them All My Days is the moving saga of David Powlett Jones, who returns from World War I injured and shell shocked He is hired to teach history at Bamfylde School, where he rejects the formal curriculum an R.F Delderfield is a born storyteller Sunday Mirror The beloved classic saga from master author R F Delderfield, subject of a landmark BBC miniseries To Serve Them All My Days is the moving saga of David Powlett Jones, who returns from World War I injured and shell shocked He is hired to teach history at Bamfylde School, where he rejects the formal curriculum and teaches the causes and consequences of the Great War.Eventually David earns the respect of his students and many of his fellow teachers, against the backdrop of a country struggling to redefine itself As David falls in love and finds himself on track to possibly take on the headmaster role, he must search to find the strength to hold true to his beliefs as the specter of another great war looms.To Serve Them All My Days is a brilliant picture of England between the World Wars, as the country comes to terms with the horrors of the Great War and the new forces reshaping the British government and society.Subject of a Landmark BBC MiniseriesIncludes Bonus Reading Group GuideWHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING I sometimes still wake up in the morning and look forward to reading about P.J and Bamfylde From the stationmaster on the first page to the last boy on the last page, these characters all have a very human aspect that connects to you immediately This book should be in everyone s library This is an ennobling book showed a person wounded in body and spirit who found that concentrating on the details of teaching the schoolboys under his care was, in a sense, a healing meditationjust the book for a cold rainy daywith a hot cup of tea and a scone Mr Delderfield s manner is easy, modest, heartwarming Evening Standard 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 Sheer, wonderful storytelling Chicago Tribune Highly recommended Combines tension with a splendid sense of atmosphere and vivid characterisation An excellent read Sunday Express
To Serve Them All My Days R F Delderfield is a born storyteller Sunday Mirror The beloved classic saga from master author R F Delderfield subject of a landmark BBC miniseries To Serve Them All My Days is the moving saga of Da

  • Title: To Serve Them All My Days
  • Author: R.F. Delderfield
  • ISBN: 9781402218248
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. We saw the 1980 Masterpiece Theatre series compliments of Netflix. Then I wanted to read the book. The series followed the storyline almost completely. Reading the book after seeing hours of the characters on the film, made it seem like visiting old friends. Below is from the end flaps of the 1972 first printing of the book (obtained on order from the local library). " an England emerging from the horrors and bloodshed of the 1914-18 war into the twenty years of change, upheaval and uneasy peace [...]

    2. Very rarely do I find a book that captures so much of my mind that I read every word. This was one of those books! It embraced a heart for teaching, a passion for history, a draw to love, and a strength through hardship all in a landscape of a prep school in England. Looking at life between the two wars that both engulfed the world, from the perspective of a small, secluded, and hidden piece of the earth was one of the most interesting perspectives I have been immersed in! It challenged my mind [...]

    3. This is a book that must be reviewed. I mustn't have been reviewing then. I will remedy this asap. I loved this book. Then I bought it after giving away my second hand copy. This is a book to hold onto. One of the kids Headmaster's enjoyed it too, I raved about it. Glad my dad passed it onto me :)

    4. hello allfriend told me to try this bookthought to myselfmy grandparents escaped the slumsof Victorian Londonto live in Canadadon't want to read book about training the English upper classgrabbed hold of mewhen it endedit was as if a small part of the world diedanother books as ships storyship that takes you away to another time and placetook me to another time another placeyours trulymac

    5. I sometimes still wake up in the morning and look forward to reading more about P.J. and Bamfylde. The book could have gone on another thousand pages as far as I'm concerned and I would have been riveted. Very English. A great tutorial on the British Boys' School and how that effects their society.

    6. 3 1/2 StarsI think I deserve one of those shiny silver star stickers on my forehead for getting through all 678 pages! My paperback was literally falling apart in my hands and required frequent sticky tape first aid as I read.As my friends know, I love chunky sagas and epics but I'll be honest with you. You could EASILY chop 200 pages off this without affecting the story one iota A NUTSHELL: A shell shock soldier ( WW1) is discharged from a lengthy hospital stay and is encouraged to take a post [...]

    7. A British boys' boarding school, in the period between the two world wars provides the setting for this lengthy novel about a shell shocked young man who takes on a temporary job as a teacher and ends up spending the next 22 years gradually learning to love everything about his life as a school master, housemaster and eventually the headmaster. For those of us Anglophiles who loved Hogwarts School of Wizardy, Bamfylde is the next best thing and actually goes a long ways to helping us understand [...]

    8. A remarkable novel. A clear evocation of an era long gone by; sentimental in the best sense of that word—honest about what matters, valuing it, and figuring out how to live in it. The story takes place between two wars, the first and the second--the big ones, as they are often characterized--and follows the career of a veteran of the first who comes to this lonely outpost for healing. He finds himself here—a teacher‚ and grounds himself. It is a nostalgic book; at times, a very sad book--I [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this (the subject of a Masterpiece Theatre back in the early 80s) story of an English schoolmaster at a country "public school" from 1918-1940.

    10. Read this last year along with Delderfield's trilogy A Horseman Riding By, now he is one of my favourite authors.Behind all the stories is the larger theme of the beautiful Western Civilisation as it manifested itself in country life in Wales and Southwest England before the Great War and how the tremendous loss of life and morals impacted on that previously sheltered world.As a Jew I notice that RFD includes at least one, usually of foreign origin, Jewish character in each of his books and trea [...]

    11. The television mini-series is even better, because Andrew Davies is a god of page-to-screen adaptation.

    12. I simply wallowed in this book almost smelling the lavender polish on the wood of the school. I was taught by men who were probably the pupils in this sort of school. To them your own achievement and sense of self worth was more important than exam results that the current age is obsessed with. The boys in the book radiated decency and honesty deep down. There were clear boundaries of good conduct and morals which carried the characters in good stead throughout life. The battered shellshocked WW [...]

    13. From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Adaptation of RF Delderfield's classic drama set between the two world wars.SPLENDID!! I just mooched another book by this author.

    14. This book was first published in England in 1972 and is probably the most well known of R.F.Delderfield's novels. It is over 600 pages in length and immensely readable. It follows the life of miner's son David Powlett-Jones from the point where he returns from the carnage of world war 1 in 1918 severely shell-shocked and devastated by the horrifying conditions of life in the trenches and the dreadful toll of deaths. He starts life again as a schoolmaster at a small public school in Devon in char [...]

    15. I am a sucker for a good period novel, I admit it. And R.F. Delderfield has always scratched that niche for me nicely. On a recent beach trip I decided to revisit "To Serve Them All My Days", one of my very favorite Delderfield novels. It's the story of a WWI veteran, just returned from the front with a severe case of PTSD. The prescribed cure is a stint in an enclosed community focused on work and camaraderie: in this case, an English public school. I don't know that in modern times we would pu [...]

    16. A beautiful novel set in a boarding school between the World Wars. Lt. David Powlett-Jones arrives in the countryside, suffering shell-shock and looking to find a way back into the land of the living. Along the way, he finds love, friendship, hope, and tragedy. Terrific novel, made into a great BBC miniseries. For the longer review, please go here:epinions/content_12100

    17. "a book about a more modern England, an England emerging from the horrors and bloodshed of the 1914-18 war into the twenty years of change, upheaval and uneasy peace that ended with the Second World War."[The] hero is a schoolmaster, David Powlett-Jones, who survives the dreary carnage of the Western to become a teacher at a remote English 'public' school, gradually maturing from a shell-shocked veteran scarcely older than his charges into a great headmaster, whose influence touches and changes [...]

    18. Fantastic - Delderfield is a fantastic writer, and though I was disappointed to find that this was his final book (published in 1972, the year he died), I am delighted to see that he was a pretty prolific writer and there is much more for me to enjoy in his other works. David Powlett-Jones is blown out of a trench in 1918 and shipped back to England to recuperate, never to return to the battlefront in Europe - physically recoverable but suffering from shell-shock. His doctor suggests that he con [...]

    19. I absolutely loved this book. It was written in the 1970's, I believe, and the style of the writing is definitely older in character. I really enjoyed the proper English, I enjoyed the great use of language and the character developmentny of the characters just popped out of the page for me, except for one: Mr. Carter. I never did get a good picture of him. The story is about a man, David Powlett-Jones, wounded and shell-shocked in WWI, who takes a teaching job in a remote all-boys school in SE [...]

    20. Re-reading this novel always makes me even more sure that teaching is the most undervalued profession in our world. David Powlett-Jones' story is always a source of renewed faith for me - in more ways than one. In no other profession, except possibly a religious vocation, is the gift of oneself so important and so rewarding. For all those who offer their knowledge, experience, and core beliefs to others I give my utmost gratitude. Whether we teach in a classroom, at a kitchen table, or in our im [...]

    21. Twenty plus years in the life of a British schoolmaster, from the end of the first World War to the start of the second. Davy Powlett-Jones arrives at Bamfylde as a shell-shocked young man without the social background or degree to survive in the world of a privileged public (i.e. private) school. The headmaster, however, sees something in him that makes him hire Davy, who gradually comes to love the school and its students.This is a perfect book for those who love British school stories, but wa [...]

    22. What a wonderful, beautiful book. I was so sad when its 400+ pages were done - they had flown by. It explores the period spanning from the end of WWI into the beginning of WWII with grace, sensitivity, and a very sympathetic protagonist. The reader comes to appreciate Bamfylde as much as PJ does. Near the end of the book, I had a moment when I set it down because the approach the author took to explaining what was happening historically and what the experience of that was actually like gave me a [...]

    23. The first 60 pages were a bit of a grind for me, but the last 534 were wonderful and I will definitely read this author again. This is a saga about a boy's school and a particular teacher that spans about twenty years. I enjoyed the perspective and how the history of the time period that begins in 1914 is woven through the story. This story feels very personal and although it is fictional, it reads as if it were non-fiction. I have ordered the BBC miniseries from my library and am looking forwar [...]

    24. A school book if ever I read one, and not one bit boring at that. Delderfield tells the story of the Great War soldier who is discharged with shellshock, and recuperates by teaching in a school on the moors of Devon. Pupils and teachers are characterised vividly, with drama, tragedy and humour dished out in equal measures. Time appears to repeat itself when the Second World War arrives - and the Headmaster who served in WW1 is now doing what his predecessor did at that time. Keeping track of his [...]

    25. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it got long towards the end. This is a story about a young man who returns from WWI a shell-shocked soldier, and is placed as an English teacher in a boys' boarding school in the country, as as way to heal. He ends up making this his career. I loved the plot, characters, descriptions of the time and place, etc.It's interesting - I never could get into the author's better known book: God is an Englishman.

    26. My favorite book. Bought it at a book sale for fifty cents, then discovered it was made into a miniseries on Masterpiece theater. I bought that for considerably more than fifty cents, but loved it anyway. There should be some great words of wisdom to impart from those two events, but alas none. I still love the book. I may buy it for my Kindle.

    27. I forced my way through for book club. Ponderous. I enjoy books about this time period (between the Wars) but while this gave a good feel for the times it had way too much about too little. It needed more about the main characters and less about the school.

    28. A series of episodes rather than a story which should have gripped as it told of one man's experiences in the tough inter-war years. Unfortunately the characters were not particularly well-developed leaving one feeling as if we could have had so much more.

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