The Light Years

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 1, 1995 - Fiction - 448 pages
14 Reviews
In 1937, the coming war is only a distant cloud on Britain's horizon. As the Cazalet households prepare for their summer pilgrimage to the family estate in Sussex, readers meet Edward, in love with but by no means faithful to his wife Villy; Hugh, wounded in the Great War; Rupert, who worships his lovely child-bride Zoe; and Rachel, the spinster sister.

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Review: The Light Years (Cazalet Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Daisy Goodwin - Goodreads

In my view, this is the best of the Cazalet novels, and the bar is set pretty high. There is a grittiness to this book which undercuts the occasional cosiness. Clary one of the young girl characters ... Read full review

Review: The Light Years (Cazalet Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Tessa Arlen - Goodreads

First of all I have not read anything this enjoyable in years! The story opens in the years just before WW2. And we are introduced to the Cazelet family - the elderly patriarch the Brig and his wife ... Read full review


Lansdowne Road 1937
Home Place 1937
Late summer 1938

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About the author (1995)

Elizabeth Jane Howard was born in London, England on March 26, 1923. She was educated by governesses at home. Her first novel, The Beautiful Visit, was published in 1950 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize. Her other works include the series the Cazalet Chronicles, Falling, and the autobiography Slipstream. The first two novels of the Cazalet Chronicles, The Light Years and Marking Time, became the BBC TV series The Cazalets in 2001. The other books in the series are Confusion, Casting Off, and All Change. She also edited several anthologies and wrote short stories, articles, television plays, film scripts and a book on food with Fay Maschler. She was made a CBE in 2000. She died on January 2, 2014 at the age of 90.

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