With the world at war again, the inhabitants of the Avenue confront an uncertain future.
Longtime Number Twenty resident Jim Carver once found fighting immoral, but when Luftwaffe bombs fall on his beloved Avenue he dedicates himself to the war effort. His eldest son Archie has come a long way from grocer’s errand boy to owner of a chain of successful shops. Now he has fallen into an illicit affair with a neighbor on the Avenue whose husband is away fighting in the war. Esther Frith lives a solitary life on the Avenue, seemingly oblivious to the dangers of falling bombs now that the ravages of war have struck her family. Across the road at Number Twenty-Two, reclusive Harold Godbeer hates what the war is doing to his country.
The Avenue Goes to War, the second novel in the Avenue saga that begins with The Dreaming Suburb, is a spellbinding novel about the connections forged between people during wartime.
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The maxim ‘write what you know’ has been drummed into aspiring novelists on creative writing courses for years and it aptly sums up the varied career of R. F. Delderfield, whose writing life was...Read more