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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330323156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330323154
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,385 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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'Vivid and compulsively readable' Sunday Telegraph; 'A superb novel...strangely hypnotic...very funny...surpasses even the best of what Elizabeth Jane Howard has written' The Spectator; 'The creation of a vanished historical world...engrossing' Village Voice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Liz Lord on 11 Mar. 2013
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I can't believe I hadn't read this delightful collection of four books telling the story of the Cazalets. I am nearing the end of the fourth one - " Casting Off" - and am wondering what to do with my reading time when I finish it. I can not recommend it highly enough. It is a fascinating history of a middle class family during the years of the second world war and the austerity afterwards and the characters really bring that period to life, especially to one who was born during that time..
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Danni Certain on 1 Feb. 2013
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This is a great book, and I would wholehearted recommend it. However it has been very badly 'translated' for Kindle. There are words missing, incorrect words, paragraphs running into one another. This happens on the odd occasion with other Kindle books, but the level of mistakes in this ebook is shocking. Bad Amazon
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Monique on 5 Nov. 2002
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Not having been born until 1973, and growing up in another country, I can't say whether Elizabeth Jane Howard's fictitious account of the life and lives of an English family during WWII and beyond is historically accurate or not, but with this much detail, she must be writing either from her own experience or from extensive research. It certainly felt very real to me.
Told from the points of view of different members of this large, extended upper-class family and its household, The Light Years gives an account of English life in the lead up to the second world war. The author gives fine details of the running of the household inside the family's country manor, the social conditions of that time and the political situation as seen through the eyes of young, middle-aged and elderly, male and female, upper, middle and lower classes, providing a fantastic tapestry of life at that time.
All of this detail could have the potential to be dry and boring, but the characters are so beautifully and realistically drawn that the reader can't help but be drawn right inside the novel and feel a part of the family. These characters begin to affect the reader in a way that is rarely seen, and after finishing "The Light Years", I couldn't wait to begin the second instalment, "Marking Time".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tellbee on 28 Jan. 2013
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Had heard some bits of this as radio 4 'book of the week', Decided to look it up on Amazon and delighted by really cheap Kindle price. The next volume was also still quite cheap so have downloaded to Kindle, and hopefully library will have time to reserve me the next 2 volumes before I finish reading this one.
I have enjoyed books by Elizabeth Jane Howard in the past, and am surprised that i have missed this set of books. Yes, it's family saga,highly readable, but written with elegance, wit,and three dimensional characters that draw you ( or me, anyway)into their lives.
Already I know that i will be feeling a sense of loss when i have completed the fourth and final volume.

meanwhile, am enjoying the journey.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By churchpolly on 30 Mar. 2010
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if you do nothing else this year, buy the four books in the Cazalet Chronicles, they are absolutely fantastic - I deliberately tried to read the fourth and last one slowly because I didnt want it to end, but Jane Howard is such a good writer that I couldnt help myself. I have kept them and will read them again in a year or so, they are set to become "old friends" - definitely not a set that will be passed onto the PDSA shop (sorry PDSA)....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blue eye on 15 Jun. 2014
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The book was recommended by a colleague, who has similar reading tastes and when I read the book description I thought that it was just my thing. However although the book was easy enough to read I kept wondering when the real story would start!. It felt like one very long introduction to all the characters and as for the ending, well what ending the book just stopped!! Had it had been a paper copy I would have suspected that somebody had ripped the pages out! I know there are 2 more books in the Cazalet series but I can't make my mind up if they'll be any better.A bit disappointing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nanshirl on 3 Feb. 2014
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This was a bit dissapointing for me. The story is very light though all the little details about the many children may prove useful for those who go on to read other books of the chronical. Some characters developed well as the story progressed. Zoe was one such character who gradually gained credibility. Of the children Louise held my interest. It would be worth writing out the list of characters for reference before starting to read the book.in order to know who each of the children belonged to.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Murray on 7 Oct. 2001
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I read this book following seeing some of the TV production recently. I found that it 'grabbed' me as soon as I started reading it and proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable read, so much so that I proceeded straight on to the next of the series, "Marking Time".
The book gives an excellent picture of life immediately pre-WWII and is an effective social statement of the state of the 'classes' at that time.
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