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To Serve Them All My Days


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"R.F. Delderfield is a born storyteller." — Sunday Mirror

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 Miniseries

Includes Bonus Reading Group Guide


"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

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Size: 6 in x 9 in
  • Pages: 608

About the Author

Born in 1912., R. F. Delderfield was a journalist, playwright and novelist, renowned for brilliantly portraying slices of English life. He is one of England's beloved novelists, with many of his novels being adapted into television and film, including the landmark BBC miniseries of To Serve Them All My Days.
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