The story of the people of the Avenue - and of the British people - during the terrible challenge of Hitler's war, and of their triumphant emergence from it.
The wail of sirens and the bombs of the Luftwaffe shook the people of the Avenue out of their dreams and preoccupations, bringing out their best and worst qualities. Only a handful of neighbours remained to face the Blitz. They endured death and destruction, relief and victory. Bound together by their experiences, they found in themselves surprising reserves of heroism, courage and humour.
Mr Delderfield's manner is easy, modest, heartwarming - Evening Standard
R F Delderfield is a born storyteller - Sunday Mirror
Sheer, wonderful storytelling - Chicago Tribune
It is always a pleasure to read R F Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well - Books and Bookmen
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