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God Is an Englishman: 1 (Swann Family Saga)

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The most notable of the events was when a mine collapsed, Swann's driver Bryan Lovell told the mine owner that a pump was in his yard that had been received three days early. Delderfield was a journalist, playwright and novelist, renowned for brilliantly portraying slices of English life. Some might say that it’s reminiscent of Dickens’s books but I should say that probably only in the time set. Adam becomes a business-owner of a different sort, treating his employees and managers as full team members. Since this novel was originally written in 1970, I assumed it would feel dated, but it really doesn’t.

For, in Britain at least, alongside all the other privatisations of recent decades, there has been a privatisation of faith, with people exploring religion in their heads and hearts but increasingly rarely in houses of God. He can make you laugh out loud, and generates a momentum that has you turning the pages wanting it never to end. After the British victory at Busaco during the Peninsula campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, Ensign Keith Graham finds himself cut off from the army, along with a sergeant and seven privates. As his sprawling tale marches briskly ahead Adam and Henrietta change and grow, becoming different, wiser and better people than they were when first introduced.The novels are concerned with the portrayal 'ordinary, decent folk', striving to 'get on' and become a success, whilst remaining true to themselves and their values. We hear for example, about how some of Swann's operators won over locals with the capture of an escaped circus lion. If I had to say one negative thing about the book, though, it would mainly be that the setting up of Adam’s company does bog down at times. And he is determined to win the beautiful, strong-minded Henrietta, and persuade her to share in his struggles and triumphs.

One may not believe every surprising episode in “God Is an Eng lishman,” but one learns to be lieve in Adam and Henrietta. in parts it functioned like a leadership book, in that it teaches how to empower and motivate people to do good work. If you're not a robot, your comment will eventually show up and I will respond, with a few exceptions. This all ended when Ellen hired a chimney sweep and one of his boys, Luke Hobbs, died cleaning the chimney in preparation for Henrietta's 24th birthday party.It may not sound very exciting, but I was surprised to find the details of Adam’s startup, from idea to fledgling to success, with ups and downs along the way, to be quite fascinating. H. has known kiddo since he was in elementary school, as he was the director of our favorite summer camp.

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