To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield

To Serve Them All My DaysTo Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful story of how a man suffering from shell shock finds himself at a private school in Devon on the advice of his psychiatric doctor. It follows David Powlett-Jones through from the Great War to the Second World War. It accounts for his struggles with some of the boys (ones who later become great friends and call him ‘Pow-Wow’), to his rise of power through the school to the tragedies that befall his private life.

A very well written account that pulls you through and leaves you at the end hoping that the boys make it through the Second World War safely but knowing that many wouldn’t have done. A heart-warming tale of determination and the development of character after suffering in the Trenches of 1917.

I read this because of the TV series which aired in England in the ’80s I think. A very good adaptation but the book is different enough to make it not just reading a book of the series. I would definitely recommend this book.

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