The Light Years

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Pan Books, 1990 - English fiction - 418 pages
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In the summer of 1937 World War II is only a distant cloud on the horizon. As the various Cazalet households prepare for their summer pilgrimage to the family estate in Sussex, we meet the entire cast. There's bluff, hearty Edward, in love with but by no means faithful to his wife, Villy; Hugh, wounded in the Great War, but devoted to pregnant Sybil; Rupert, who worships the body if not the mind of his child-bride, Zoe; and Rachel, the spinster sister, conducting a desperate clandestine love affair under the family roof.

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User Review  - Northern_Light - LibraryThing

This is the first in the series telling the story of the Cazalet family and their servants. In this first book we are introduced to the Brig and the Duchy, their four children and spouses and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

after reading howard's autobiography and really enjoying it, i want to try her novels. an interesting focus on the children. a little hard to remember who everyone is. so many characters! Read full review

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About the author (1990)

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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