The classic story of an English public school between the wars and an inspirational teacher, repackaged as a Hodder Great Read.
Miner's son David Powlett-Jones returns from the carnage of the Western Front in 1918, shell-shocked and bitterly hardened by the violence of war. He begins life again as a master at a remote Devon school, controlling the destiny of boys barely his junior.
As the years pass David becomes a teacher of rare talent, begins to find peace, and is able to adjust to the changes which are overwhelming society. But soon he will have to face up to the prospect of another terrible war.
Praise for R F Delderfield:
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
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 . . . Today he is a bestseller wherever English language books are read - Books and Bookmen
Highly recommended. Combines tension with a splendid sense of atmosphere and vivid characterisation. An excellent read - Sunday Express