God Is An Englishman by R. F. Delderfield, 1970 hardcover, historical fiction.
I remember this being on the shelf at home, a book my mother bought and read, and apparently liked a lot. Something brought it to mind no long ago, so I read it.
“From master author R. F. Delderfield, the first in the beloved classic God Is an Englishman series.” This is the first novel in the Swann Family Saga, which begins with Adam Swan leaving the military in 1858, he is determined to begin a business, searching for a need in this Victorian setting. He decides on cartage, and slowly manages to set up and then grow the firm, named after himself.
In England in the 19th century, as the Industrial Revolution takes hold, forever changing the landscape of England and her people. Swann is part of that change, along with his young wife Henrietta. As Swann works to build his name, he and Henrietta share adventures, reversal, and fortune.
My take: I enjoyed this a lot. This is a sweeping historical novel and family saga, and if you happen to be a fan of such you’ll like it, I think. The writing is good, the characters interesting and well-drawn. There are several additional novels continuing the story, one after the other. After 650 pages, I’d had enough for now, but may go back to this series later.
Have you read this book?