Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatisation of the treasured family saga, Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five book chronicle of the upper-middle class. Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert, and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside.
During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off, and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfolds we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond.
Dramatised by Sarah Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books, this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard’s extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author’s death.
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If you've never met the Cazalets, let this be your introduction. And if you have, you'll love returning to Home Place to see them all again. The casting is perfect: every performance was distinctive, powerful, and absolutely top class. It was enjoyable to hear the ever-ladylike Penelope Wilton's narration throughout. It is a bit of a soap opera, of course, and rather melodramatic in parts. (I would have liked deeper characterization in several places). But what a story! It has everything: war, peace, love, desire, denial, regret...all of human life. You won't forget these characters, nor "Home Place" the estate that is, if you will, a character in itself. Highly recommended to those who love a sweeping family saga, and to all who enjoy hearing BBC Radio at its very best.
I work at a computer with numbers. I 'Audible' like others game. I write a little too.
so well done. so much family detail in this story, its hard not to be completely hooked.
"Lose yourself in this epic family saga"
The story, it's always all about the story telling
Rachel, lovable and believable
Listening while on holiday so lying on a beach was transported into their world
No, too long for that !
"Like snuggling up with a duvet and a box of chocs"
Penelope Wilton's beautiful narration and the perfect dramatisation.
Sid's fight against cancer.
No not yet but I am looking forward to listening.
Numerous moments moved me. Although my hanky was used many times for sad bits, there is a lovely sense of hope throughout.
The Cazalets books are one of my favourite reads and this dramatisation is just wonderful.
I didn't want this to end. I would like to know what happens next. I felt bereft when it ended. I loved every character played, even if I disliked the portrayed character traits. I wish there was more.
Hours of being in the company of the Cazalet family - pure joy! I couldn't recommend highly enough!! Great story and great performances - such a shame when it ended!
"Poignant family saga..."
Too many to choose one...
Polly's first visit to Gerald's home.
I spread it over three days - one has to sleep!
I loved the books and the dramatisation is essentially truncated but, none-the-less, the spirit of this moving story of a large family is encapsulated here.
I've read all five books about the Cazalets and enjoyed them so much I thought it would be nice to hear the story read aloud to me. The play was perfect, the actors sounded just like the way I heard them in my head when I read the books. I really enjoyed this and would happily listen to it again.
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