Released on 21 August 2009.

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The Light Years

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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.

'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