The Light Years

Elizabeth Jane Howard

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12 July 2018
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With an introduction by Joanna Lumley.

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

Home Place, Sussex, 1937.

For two unforgettable summers the Cazalets gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of the Second World War. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

This is the beginning.

Howard’s beautiful saga is the story of three generations of the Cazalet family. Their relatives, their children and their servants – and the fascinating triangle of their affairs . . .

The Light Years is the first novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard’s bestselling five-part series, The Cazalet Chronicles.

Evocative and gracefully written


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

Sybille Bedford

She is one of those novelists who shows, through her work, what the novel is for . . . She helps us to do the necessary thing - open our eyes and our hearts

Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies