Book Review: Long Summer Day – Volume I of a Horseman Riding By, by R.F. Delderfield

Posted on September 8, 2014



Reading this novel is like stepping into the setting’s thirteen-hundred-acre estate in a neglected and antiquated corner of England in the early 1900s. The time is that following the death of Queen Victoria, when cars were beginning to rule the roads and radical women were fighting for the right to vote.  Young Lieutenant Paul Craddock had been injured in the Boer War and instead of continuing with civilian life in London, he idealizes a gentler time during Victorian England. His love for two women and the people of Shallowford stretch and change him. The story is rich with a large cast of characters and lush descriptions of their lives.

This novel was originally published around 1966. The author, R. F. Delderfield (1912–1972), achieved fame as a novelist for his portrayal of English life. With this novel, he became one of Britain’s most popular authors, and his novels have been adapted as TV series.

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