A Saga to Lose Yourself In …

November 13, 2013 by  
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The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard


Sussex, the English countryside, 1937. Three generations of the upper-class Cazalet family gather at their country residence, Home Place, to prepare for the coming war. Over a series of four books (The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion and Casting Off) we are going to follow this large multi-generational family as World War II takes its toll at home and abroad, on their business endeavours, on society and on their personal lives.

Elizabeth Jane Howard wrote about England during the late 1930s to the late 1940s (the span of time covered by the first four books in the Cazalet series) because she wanted to explore the world of those who remained ‘at home’ during World War II. Of course, her ‘at home’ is very different to that of many readers…but she does exquisitely capture an era and a way of life that many of us find captivating.

And soon, the Cazalet chronicles will draw to a close. The fifth and final book, All Change, is being released this November. It brings the story of the Cazalet family into the mid-1950s, thrusting the upper-class Cazalets firmly into the post-war era. I’ve already added it to my summer reading pile (perhaps to be enjoyed alongside a Pimms cocktail or two!)

Click here to read an extract from All Change

And if you are in the UK, you can click here to listen to the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation. (If, like me, you can’t access the BBC adaptation, check and see if your library carries the audiobooks. Mine does!)

Do you have a favourite family saga that you would like to share with us? Share your recommended reads in the comments below…

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