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As usual Elizabeth Jane Howard doesn’t disappoint
on 13 August 2015
“All Change” is the fifth and final book in the Cazalet chronicles. It is the 1950’s and the last of a generation dies. As the Duchy dies, she takes with it memories of a world that will never be seen again. A world of large country houses, servants and class division.
The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are in a world where financial security can no longer be guaranteed and sacrifices have to be made. The 3 sons, now in their sixties are struggling to find their place in this rapidly changing world whilst their children are living increasingly modern lives – a world where women are not tied to the home but free to balance their ambitions with the roles of being a wife and a mother.
However, it is Rachel who faces the biggest challenge of the 4 Cazalet children. Having lived her life for others and never had a job or done anything for herself – how will she fare when she finds herself alone in the world – a world that she has never really participated in because she has always been too busy being there for others.
As usual, Elizabeth Jane Howard doesn’t disappoint, it is such a shame that this will be the final book in what has been an amazing and ever so enjoyable series.