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  • The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1 | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
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    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.

  • Casting Off | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Casting Off

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
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    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 Rupert, missing in France for so long, returns to find Zoe curiously withdrawn; Edward will be forced to choose between wife and mistress; Hugh must finally accept Sybil's death.

  • Something in Disguise | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Something in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
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    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.

  • Confusion | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Confusion

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
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    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.

  • The Long View | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    The Long View

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Mary Wimbush
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    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.

  • All Change | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    All Change

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Penelope Wilton
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    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.

  • Marking Time | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Marking Time

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
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    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".

  • Odd Girl Out | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Odd Girl Out

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
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    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.

  • The Beautiful Visit | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    The Beautiful Visit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    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.

  • The Cazalets: The Epic Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisation | Elizabeth Howard,Sarah Daniels,Lin Coghlan

    The Cazalets: The Epic Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Howard, Sarah Daniels, Lin Coghlan
    • Narrated By Penelope Wilton, Full Cast
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    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.

  • Love All | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Love All

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Joanna Lumley
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    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.

  • The Light Years | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    The Light Years

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
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    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.

  • Marking Time | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Marking Time

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
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    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.

  • Confusion | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Confusion

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
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    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.

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