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.
"Return to Home Place"
At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce as a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story. Louise dreams of being a great actress, Clary is an aspiring writer, while Polly, is burdened with knowledge and the need to share it. This is the sequel to "The Light Years".
"Gentle, but Compelling"
May's second marriage to Colonel Herbert Brown-Lacey is turning out to be a terrible mistake. Her children find the Colonel's presence oppressive.
The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.
"The Age of Innocence"
Anne and Edmund Cornhill have a happy marriage and a charming house. They are content, complete, absorbed in their private idyll. Arabella, who comes to stay one lazy summer, is rich, rootless and amoral - and, as they find out, beautiful and loving.With her elegant prose the author traces the web of love and desire that entangles these three; but it is Arabella who finally loses out.
"Tedious story, but worth it to hear Eleanor Bron ."
This, the third volume of the best-selling The Cazalet Chronicles, takes up the story of the Cazalet family in the spring of 1942 and follows them through the war to VE Day. Polly and Clary have left Home Place for London where Archie Lestrange keeps a close eye on them; Louise, surprisingly, has married; Polly makes a painful discovery; Zoe, despairing of Rupert's return, stumbles on solace; and Edward's duplicity demands a reckoning.
"Just so very good "
The final book in the landmark Cazalet Chronicles, recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world - of great houses and servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions.
"My all time favorite series"
This is the final volume of The Cazalet Chronicle, the quartet of novels chronicling the lives of a British family before, during, and after the Second World War. VE Day has been celebrated, but the war with Japan goes on. Polly, Clary, and Louise are grown up, discovering loneliness, loss, and passion. Rupert, missing in France for so long, returns to find Zoe curiously withdrawn; Edward will be forced to choose between wife and mistress; Hugh must finally accept Sybil's death.
On the eve of an unusual voyage, a young woman reviews her life. Her story begins with a 'beautiful visit' to friends in the country which serves as an awakening experience. What follows is an account of her struggle to retain the mood of her visit.
"depressing and boring"
The Long View is a portrait of a contemporary marriage which gives a real view of the shifting relationship between two people. The author's other novels include Cazalet Chronicle, The Light Years and The Sea Of Change.
Marking Time is the second of four compelling Cazalet novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, which together give a vivid insight into the lives, hopes and loves of three generations. In the second series, the families' worst fears are realised as war breaks out. Rupert decides he must join up, Edward will see what military work he can get, whilst Hugh - still suffering from injuries from the first war - has to settle with running the family firm.
As the Cazalet family gathers for their annual summer holiday, the onset of war is about to change everything. In the hot summer of 1938, siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert and Rachel - and their respective families - are reunited at Home Place, in the beautiful Sussex countryside.
A beautiful, very moving, melancholic and elegiac novel set in the late 1960s in Melton, a small town in the West Country. The story revolves around a disparate group of people who come together there to establish an arts festival...This is the story of their intertwining relationships and how they come to love, and not to love each other in different ways and why - a perfect book to curl up and read by the fireside on an autumn afternoon and as satisfying a read as Brief Encounter is a film.
For the Cazalet family the war has brought tragedy. Rupert has been missing since Dunkirk and only his daughter Clary refuses to believe he is dead, whilst her stepmother, Zoe, devotes her energy to bringing up their daughter Juliet. Sybil has lost her battle with cancer leaving Polly bereft and trying to comfort her father, Hugh. Even Edward seems wracked with doubt over whether he should give up his mistress, Diana, who is carrying his child, and try and make a go of things with Villy.
Casting Off is adapted from the final book in the Cazalet novels, which together give a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second World War and beyond. Elizabeth Jane Howard's quartet of books - The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, and Casting Off - charting the family's fortunes between 1937 and 1947, have sold over a million copies. This fourth series of her family saga is set between the summer of 1945 and 1947. The war has ended, but much else has changed for the Cazalets....
The sunlit days of the childish games and family meals are over, as shadows of war roll in to cloud the lives of one English family. At home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce.
The long, dark days of struggle provide the poignant background to the third book of the Cazalet Chronicle. As the war enters its fourth year, chaos has become a way of life. Both in the still peaceful Sussex countryside, and in air-raid-threatened London, the divided Cazalets begin to find the battle for survival echoing the confusion in their own lives.
Three generations of Cazalets spend each summer in their family house: Home Place, Sussex. For two unforgettable summers they are safe from the advancing storm clouds of the Second World War. These are sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach. Elizabeth Jane Howard has produced a gripping chronicle of an English family and the fascinating tangle of their affairs.