The Picador Book Club: The Long View by Elizabeth Jane Howard

01 March 2016

Welcome to the all-new Picador Book Club. Each month we'll be suggesting a new or classic paperback that is perfect for book club discussion.

We'll be featuring reading group questions to help get your discussion going, author interviews and extracts from our chosen book. We'll also be giving you the chance to win copies for your whole book club (see below for this month's giveaway) and your reviews could be featured on the blog. If you’d like to join the discussion about this month’s choice online, please use #PicadorBookClub.

This month’s recommended novel for book clubs is Elizabeth Jane Howard's timeless classic, The Long View. The Picador Classic edition includes an illuminating introduction from Hilary Mantel, which you can read on the Waterstones blog

'There is no author I have recommended more often'
Hilary Mantel

A note from Pan Macmillan Editor, Maria Rejt on The Long View

'I am absolutely delighted that Elizabeth Jane Howard’s beautiful novel, The Long View, has been chosen as the first title to feature in the new Picador Book Club.

The novel is both heart-breaking and immaculate; both a wonder and a joy.  It is apparently modest in ambition – the story of a very middle-class marriage going very wrong – but the way the author has chosen to tell it is, quite simply, a revelation.

One of our greatest living novelists, Hilary Mantel, has called The Long View ‘a little miracle’, and it's the novel she recommends more than any other. I hope you come to love this wonderful book as much as I do - it's the perfect way into Elizabeth Jane Howard's world.'

In 1950s London, Antonia Fleming faces the prospect of a life lived alone. Her children are now adults; her husband Conrad, a domineering and emotionally complex man, is a stranger. As Antonia looks towards her future, the novel steadily moves backwards in time, tracing Antonia's relationship with Conrad to its beginning in the 1920s, through years of mistake and motherhood, dreams and war. 

Observant and heartbreaking, The Long View is a gut-wrenching account of the birth and death of a relationship. Elizabeth Jane Howard’s fans include Joanna Lumley, Julian Barnes, Charlotte Mendelson, Rosamunde Pilcher and many more.

Start reading The Long View.

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