Delderfield, R. F. (Ronald Frederick Delderfield), 1912–73, English writer, b. London. He did not start writing novels until he was 44, after having been a successful playwright and newspaperman. His "old-fashioned" novels are long, panoramic, socio-historical studies of life in the English west country. They include God Is an Englishman (1970), Theirs Was the Kingdom (1971), and Give Us This Day (1973), a trilogy.
See his autobiographical For My Own Amusement (1972).
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