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Elizabeth Jane Howard
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4 Nov 2011

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 aurthor traces the web of love and desire that entangles these three; but it is Arabella who finally loses out.

Elizabeth Jane Howard reveals with devastating accuracy a situation both shattering and destructive.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (4 Nov 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0230765246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230765245
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 911,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Jane Howard was the author of fifteen highly acclaimed novels. The Cazalet Chronicles - The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change - have become established as modern classics and have been adapted for a major BBC television series and most recently for BBC Radio 4. In 2002 Macmillan published Elizabeth Jane Howard's autobiography, Slipstream. In that same year she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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Elizabeth Jane Howard is the author of thirteen highly acclaimed novels, most recently Falling in 1999. The Cazalet Chronicles - Casting Off, The Light Years, Marking Time and Confusion - have become established as modern classics and were adapted for a BBC television series in 2001. In 2002 Macmillan published her autobiography, Slipstream, and she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth jane howard is the best writer around 8 July 2000
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I started this book in a really jaded mood as I had given up about six previous novels in a row as I couldn't get into any of them. If I havn't got a book on the go I'm a real grump to live with! So it was with some relief(especially for my family)that I picked this one up.I've been a great fan of EJH's since I read about the Cazalets and since then I have found no one to better her writing.This was a lovely book,once again full of delightful descriptions about where people live and the food thet eat.When you finish any of her books you always miss the characters because she makes them seem so real.Anyway needless to say that when I finished this book.I no longer felt jaded and often look back fondly at it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 27 Jun 2014
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This is a beautifully written observation of relationships. Very poignant and bitter sweet. I recommend this book and any others by same author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 25 Jun 2014
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A good read but not quite as good as the Cazalet books. Well written though and interesting characters and storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Girl Out 24 May 2014
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Edmund and Anne Cornhill, a childless couple approaching middle-age, have been married for ten years and live happily together in a wonderful house on the river at Henley. Edmund commutes into the city where he works at an upmarket estate agency; Anne stays home, spending her time working in their beautiful garden, sewing petit point covers for the chairs, and driving off in her little MG with her wicker baskets to shop for food, which she then lovingly makes into delicious meals for Edmund to come home to. They are both exceedingly considerate of one another's feelings and even their rare disagreements are conducted with as much good grace as possible. When Edmund receives a phone call from his ex-stepmother, Clara (six times married and terribly well-off) asking him to take her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Arabella, under his wing for short time whilst she recuperates from an unspecified ailment, Edmund, good-mannered as always, agrees to have Arabella to stay, even though he has never met his step-sister. And so the beautiful, amoral, 'Botticelli-like' Arabella arrives at the Cornhills' home (where they soon discover the 'unspecified ailment' that she needs to recover from is actually a termination of an unwanted pregnancy) and in her own devastatingly charming way, Arabella causes all sorts of difficulties for Edmund and Anne, but maybe not quite in the way we might have initially thought. Alongside the main story, in a very secondary tale, we read about Henry, an impoverished actor who, infatuated with Arabella, leaves his wife, Janet, and their two small children, and whose selfish actions cause misery and tragedy for all involved. And is Arabella, after causing strife for more than one couple in a period of just a few weeks, any the happier, or the wiser? Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 24 Aug 2013
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A rather shallow book which I could not finish. It felt a bit contrived and the narrative did not flow
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