The Light Years

Elizabeth Jane Howard

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12 July 2018
9781509870592
608 pages
Synopsis

With an introduction by Joanna Lumley

Every summer, the Cazalet brothers, Hugh, Edward and Rupert, return to the family home in the heart of the Sussex countryside with their wives and children. There, they are joined by their parents and unmarried sister Rachel to enjoy two blissful months of picnics and childish games. But despite the idyllic setting, nothing can be done to soothe the siblings' heartache: Hugh is haunted by the ravages of war, Edward by his latest infidelity and Rupert by his inability to please his demanding wife. Meanwhile, Rachel risks losing her only chance at happiness because of her unflinching loyalty to the family.

Elegantly constructed and told with exceptional grace, The Light Years is a modern classic of contemporary English life and the beginning of an extraordinary family saga.

Evocative and gracefully written

Cosmopolitan

This chronicle will be read, like Trollope, as a classic about life in England in our century

Sybille Bedford