Explores the social pressure on a working-class family to conform and fight for king and country.
The Hendersons opens in 1914 just before the outbreak of World War I and concludes in 1919. It follows the lives of the eponymous Henderson family: William, a Sheffield barber, his wife, Lydia, and his four children, Matthew, Joe, Bob and Amy. William being a fervent churchman, lay preacher and pacifist, opposes the church’s call to arms and he and the rest of the family find themselves in a different kind of war, one which appears to have no end.
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Daphne Glazer writes great stories, shocking and ordinary - like 'Coronation Street' directed by Martin Scorsese. ~ Roddy Doyle
This is a closely observed novel with universal themes, a serious work with lots of laughs. ~ Zoe Fairbairns, on 'Goodbye Hessle Road'