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Elizabeth Jane Howard - Author

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Elizabeth Jane Howard Born: March 26, 1923, London Died: January 2, 2014. The author of twelve highly acclaimed novels and an absorbing and moving memoir, Slipstream, published in 2002. Her Cazalet Chronicles - Casting Off, The Light Years , Making Time and Confusion - have become established as modern classics and were televised by the BBC. In 2000, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

 

Elizabeth Jane Howard died in January 2014.

 

Howard’s publisher, Maria Rejt, said: "Elizabeth Jane Howard leaves a body of work - non-fiction and 15 novels including the Cazalet quintet - that is remarkable in its profound humanity.  
“Her novels illuminate and celebrate what it means to be alive - regardless of age, gender or circumstance - and they moved and inspired countless readers, as her vivacity and wisdom inspired her friends in her own eventful and extremely generous life.  


“She was unfairly overlooked by the literary establishment, perhaps because her novels are so eminently readable but that was also part of her extraordinary gift as a writer: her life's lessons were given lightly and generously through her fiction but the struggle was always kept from view."

 

Pan Macmillan is to publish the paperback of All Change in April, to coincide with a Radio 4 dramatisation of the book.

Featured books by Elizabeth Jane Howard

All Change

All Change

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

It is the 1950s and as the Duchy, the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, dies, she takes with her the last remnants of a disappearing world - of houses with servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions. Hugh and Edward, now in their sixties, are feeling ill-equipped for this modern world; while Villy, long abandoned by her husband, must at last learn to live independently. But it is Rachel, who has always lived for others, who will face her greatest challenges yet ...Events converge at Christmas; as a new generation of Cazalets descend on Home Place. Only one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same again. 'Elizabeth Jane Howard 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 MantelAll Change is the fifth novel in The Cazalet Chronicles. Read from the beginning of the series: The Light Years, Marking Time, Casting Off and Confusion.

All Change

All Change

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

It is the 1950s and as the Duchy, the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, dies, she takes with her the last remnants of a disappearing world -- of houses with servants, of class and tradition -- in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions. Hugh and Edward, now in their sixties, are feeling ill-equipped for this modern world; while Villy, long abandoned by her husband, must at last learn to live independently. But it is Rachel, who has always lived for others, who will face her greatest challenges yet ...Events converge at Christmas; as a new generation of Cazalets descend on Home Place. Only one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same again. 'Elizabeth Jane Howard 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 All Change is the fifth novel in The Cazalet Chronicles. Read from the beginning of the series: The Light Years, Marking Time, Casting Off and Confusion.

Other books by Elizabeth Jane Howard

The Light Years

The Light Years

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

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.

Collected Novels Volume Two

Collected Novels Volume Two

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2018

A quartet of witty, perceptive novels from the international bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and a ';compelling storyteller' (The Guardian). Best-known for the five novels that comprise her million-selling Cazalet Chronicles, which was made into a BBC television series, British novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard wrote about upper middle-class English life in the twentieth century with a ';poetic eye' and ';penetrating sanity' (Martin Amis). Her highly acclaimed literary fiction is ';shrewd and accurate in human observation, with a fine ear for dialogue and an evident pleasure in the English language and landscape' (The Guardian). Collected here are four of her finest novels about the delight and dangers of desire. Odd Girl Out: When beautiful, wealthy, shiftless, twenty-two-year-old Arabella Dawick comes to stay one summer with Anne and Edmund Cornhill, their once-idyllic marriage becomes a domestic minefield of desires and secrets. ';A unique blend of high comedy and acute psychology.' Hilary Mantel Something in Disguise: One could characterize May's unwise second marriage to Col. Herbert Brown-Lacy as a ';death worse than fate.' The ripple effects of this unhappy unionon May herself; her own adult offspring, Oliver and Elizabeth; as well as her stepdaughter Alice, who is impulsively getting married to escapelead to surprising and satisfying outcomes. ';Astute, experienced, vulnerable, and it reads with incomparable ease.' Kirkus Reviews Falling: In the wake of a painful divorce, sixtyish playwright Daisy Langrish buys a weekend cottage in the country. When Henry Kent shows up looking for work, Daisy hires him as a caretaker. Despite her wariness, she begins to fall for her charming employee. Slowly and with masterful skill, the aging con man seduces Daisy, drawing her into his spiraling web of lies and deception. ';Troubling, subtle, and distinctive... Completely unputdownable.' The Independent Getting It Right: Thirty-one-year-old virgin Gavin Lamb is a shy hairdresser in London's West End who still lives at home with his parents. But meeting two women at a partyan oversexed married millionairess named Joan and bon vivant who goes by Lady Minerva Mundaywill shake up his quest for true love. Howard wrote the screenplay for the film adaption of this delightful social comedy, featuring Helena Bonham Carter as Minerva and Lynn Redgrave as Joan. ';Howard scores againwith a wry social comedy... Total delight.' Kirkus Reviews

The Amazing Adventures of Freddie Whitemouse

The Amazing Adventures of Freddie Whitemouse

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2016

From the much-loved author of the Cazalet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's first children's book, The Amazing Adventures of Freddie Whitemouse, following the magical journey of a mouse who wishes to be anything but himself. The trouble was that Freddie really did not like being a mouse. 'It's just a phase,' his mother said, but it wasn't . . . Little Freddie Whitemouse, of No.16, Skirting Board West, simply hates being a mouse. Mice are terribly small, frightened of everything, and aren't allowed to have any fun at all. Instead, he longs to be a fierce tiger, king of the jungle floor; or someone's treasured dog, able to run and play all day. So when a sorcerer toad hears Freddie's pleas and offers his assistance, there is really little else Freddie could ask for. So as not to make any rash decisions, Freddie agrees to spend a week as each animal. But what will he discover on his amazing adventure? And will he ever want to be just a plain old mouse again?

The Long View

The Long View

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

With an introduction by Hilary Mantel. One of his secret pleasures was the loading of social dice against himself. He did not seem for one moment to consider the efforts made by kind or sensitive people to even things up: or if such notions ever occurred to him, he would have observed them with detached amusement, and reloaded more dice. 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. Originally published in 1956, The Long View is Elizabeth Jane Howard's uncannily authentic portrait of one marriage and one woman. Observant and heartbreaking, written with exhilarating wit, it is a gut-wrenching account of the birth and death of a relationship - as extraordinary as it is timeless.

Getting It Right

Getting It Right

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Winner of the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award. From the bestselling author of the Cazelet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's Getting It Right, a touching comedy about a young man trying desperately to get it right. Gavin - a sensitive, shy, hairdresser in the West End - is, at thirty-one, still a virgin. He's a classic late developer, and he's worried that it's getting too late to develop at all. Then one night, Gavin finds himself at a penthouse party and meets people the likes of which he's never come across before. Suddenly, everything begins to change . . . Over the next fortnight, Gavin might start, at last, to get it right .

Falling

Falling

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

From the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's Falling. Harry Kent is a sensitive man in late middle age, a reader and a thinker, without means perhaps but not without charm. Daisy has recovered from her unhappy past by learning to be self-sufficient, and viewing trust as a weakness. But there is still a part of her that yearns to be cared for once more. It is this part that Henry sees, and with dedicated and calculated patience he works at her defences. So despite all attempts to resist his attentions, Daisy finds herself falling under Henry's spell . . .

Love All

Love All

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

From the bestselling author of the Cazelet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's Love All. The late 1960s. For Persephone Plover, the daughter of distant and neglectful parents, the innocent, isolated days of childhood are long past. Now she must deal with the emotions of an adult world . . . Meanwhile in Melton, in the West Country, Jack Curtis - a self-made millionaire - has employed Persephone's aunt, a garden designer in her sixties, to deal with the terraces and glasshouses of the once beautiful local manor house he has acquired at vast expense. He also has plans to start an arts festival, as a means to avoid the loneliness of the recently divorced. Also in Melton are the Musgrove siblings, Thomas and Mary, whose parents originally owned and lived in Melton House. They are still trying to cope with emotional consequences of the tragic death of Thomas's wife, Celia . . . as is Francis, Celia's brother, who has come to live with them and thereby, perhaps, to find his way through life.

Mr Wrong

Mr Wrong

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

From the bestselling author of the Cazelet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's Mr Wrong, a collection of short stories. In this dazzling short story collection, including Mr Wrong, The Devoted and Three Miles Up, master storyteller, Elizabeth Jane Howard, illustrates her renowned style and delicious wit. From a family Christmas, to a house-party in France, and a haunting journey into the macabre, Howard explores the subtle tensions of relationships; from flat-sharing to adultery. Funny, perceptive and spine-tingling, Howard's stories are sure to delight.

The Beautiful Visit

The Beautiful Visit

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Life had been distinctly lacking in possibilities - until The Visit. But, ever afterwards, just remembering the smell of the Lancings' house would enrapture her, taking her back to that very first day when Lucy and Gerald had picked her up from the station . . . All the longing, excitement and poignant comedy of adolescence are captured in Elizabeth Jane Howard's first novel The Beautiful Visit, about a young girl growing up in the years around the First World War. Beginning and ending with a visit to the same family, it is a novel full of love, loss, and the ever-lasting effect of war.

Odd Girl Out

Odd Girl Out

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

From the lauded, bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles, in Odd Girl Out, Elizabeth Jane Howard reveals with devastating accuracy a marriage put in a most destructive situation. Anna and Edmund Cornhill have a happy marriage and a lovely home. They are content, complete, absorbed in their private idyll. Arabella, who comes to stay one lazy summer, is rich, rootless and amoral - and, as they find out, beautiful and loving. With her elegant prose the author traces the web of love and desire that entangles these three; but it is Arabella who finally loses out.

Something in Disguise

Something in Disguise

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

From the lauded, bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles, Something in Disguise paints a candid picture of a family in crisis, from the ever witty Elizabeth Jane Howard. May's second marriage to Colonel Herbert Brown-Lacy is turning out to be a terrible mistake. Her son, Oliver, leaves home only to drift from one affair to another; his sister Elizabeth follows him, yearning for some kind of secure relationship. While even Alice, Herbert's meek daughter, is driven into marriage to escape her father's sinister behaviour . . . At once a candid depiction of a post-war family on the cusp of change and a touching love story, Something in Disguise embodies the startling truth, wit and daring that Elizabeth Jane Howard is renowned for.

After Julius

After Julius

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

From the lauded, bestselling author of The Cazalet Chronicles, After Julius is Elizabeth Jane Howard's funny yet touching story of a family brought together yet falling apart. It is twenty years since Julius died, but his last heroic action still affects the lives of the people he left behind. Emma, his youngest daughter, twenty-seven years old and afraid of men. Cressida, her sister, a war widow, blindly searching for love in her affairs with married men. Esme, Julius's widow, still attractive at fifty-eight, but aimlessly lost in the routine of her perfect home. Felix, Esme's old lover, who left her when Julius died and who is still plagued by guilt for his action. And Dan, an outsider. Throughout a disastrous - and revelatory - weekend in Sussex, the influence of the dead Julius slowly emerges . . .

The Sea Change

The Sea Change

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

From the bestselling author of The Cazalet Chronicles, The Sea Change is a witty yet heart-rending story of a marriage in crisis. Emmanuel is a famous playwright. Lillian is his sickly and embittered wife. They have never fully buried the memory of their dead daughter, Sarah. Rich but discontented, they flit from capital to capital in the company of their hero-worshipping young manager. Then Alberta, straight from an English vicarage and the pages of Jane Austen, is appointed as Emmanuel's secretary. This prim and utterly delightful figure helps the family in ways they didn't know they needed. One by one the leopards change their spots . . .

The Cazalets The epic full-cast BBC Radio dramatisation

The Cazalets The epic full-cast BBC Radio dramatisation

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard, Sarah Daniels, Lin Coghlan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/09/2014

Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4's epic dramatisation of the treasured family saga Elizabeth Jane Howard's five book chronicle of the upper-middle class Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside. During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfolds we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond. Dramatised by Sarah Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books, this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard's extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author's death.

Cazalets

Cazalets

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard, Sarah Daniels, Lin Coghlan Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2014

Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4's epic dramatisation of the treasured family sagaElizabeth Jane Howard's five book chronicle of the upper-middle class Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside. During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfolds we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond.Dramatised by Sarah Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books, this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard's extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author's death.

All Change

All Change

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

It is the 1950s and as the Duchy, the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, dies, she takes with her the last remnants of a disappearing world - of houses with servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions. Hugh and Edward, now in their sixties, are feeling ill-equipped for this modern world; while Villy, long abandoned by her husband, must at last learn to live independently. But it is Rachel, who has always lived for others, who will face her greatest challenges yet ...Events converge at Christmas; as a new generation of Cazalets descend on Home Place. Only one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same again. 'Elizabeth Jane Howard 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 MantelAll Change is the fifth novel in The Cazalet Chronicles. Read from the beginning of the series: The Light Years, Marking Time, Casting Off and Confusion.

All Change The Cazalet Chronicles 5

All Change The Cazalet Chronicles 5

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2013

It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world - of great houses and servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions. Hugh and Edward, now in their sixties, are feeling ill-equipped for this modern world; while Villy, long abandoned by her husband, must at last learn to live independently. But it is Rachel, who has always lived for others, who will face her greatest challenges yet...Events will converge at Christmas at Home Place; on which a new generation of Cazalets will descend. Only one thing is certain, nothing will ever be the same again ...

Love All

Love All

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2013

From the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's Love All. The late 1960s: For Persephone Plover, the daughter of distant and neglectful parents, the innocent, isolated days of childhood are long past. Now she must deal with the emotions of an adult world . . . Meanwhile in Melton, in the West Country, Jack Curtis - a self-made millionaire - has employed Persephone's aunt, a garden designer in her sixties, to deal with the terraces and glasshouses of the once beautiful local manor house he has acquired at vast expense. He also has plans to start an arts festival, as a means to avoid the loneliness of the recently divorced. Also in Melton are the Musgrove siblings, Thomas and Mary, whose parents originally owned and lived in Melton House. They are still trying to cope with emotional consequences of the tragic death of Thomas's wife, Celia . . . as is Francis, Celia's brother, who has come to live with them and thereby, perhaps, to find his way through life.

Slipstream A Memoir

Slipstream A Memoir

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2003

Slipstream brilliantly illuminates the literary world of the latter half of the 20th century, as well as giving a highly personal insight into the life of Elizabeth Jane Howard, one of our most beloved British writers. Born in London in 1923, Elizabeth Jane Howard was privately educated at home, moving on to short-lived careers as an actress and model, before writing her first acclaimed novel, The Beautiful Visit, in 1950. She has written many highly regarded novels, including Falling and After Julius. Her Cazalet Chronicles have become established as modern classics and were adapted for a major BBC television series and for BBC Radio 4. She has been married three times - firstly to Peter Scott, the naturalist and son of Captain Scott, and most famously and tempestuously to Kingsley Amis. It was Amis' son by another marriage, Martin, to whom she introduced the works of Jane Austen and ensured that he received the education that would be the grounding of his own literary career. Her closest friends have included some of the greatest writers and thinkers of the day: Laurie Lee, Arthur Koestler and Cecil Day-Lewis, among others.

Casting off

Casting off

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1997

Casting Off

Casting Off

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/1996

Casting Off is the fourth novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles. The aftermath of war, and the slow dawning of a new era of freedom and opportunity, shape the destinies of the Cazalets in the fourth volume of this magnificent family saga. Polly, Clary and Louise, now grown up, are ready to discover the truth about the adult world. While Rupert, Hugh and Edward must make the choices that will decide their own - and the family's - future. For the Cazalets, and all those close to them, one end is another beginning . . . Read the next book in the series, All Change, or start from the beginning with The Light Years, Marking Time and Confusion.

The Long View

The Long View

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1996

Odd Girl Out

Odd Girl Out

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1996

Light Years

Light Years

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1995

Confusion

Confusion

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1995

Confusion

Confusion

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/1994

Confusion is the third novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles. London and Sussex, 1942. The privileged English family in turmoil . . . The long, dark days of struggle provide the poignant background to the third book of the Cazalet Chronicles. As the war enters its fourth year, chaos has become a way of life. Both in the still peaceful Sussex countryside, and in air-raid-threatened London, the divided Cazalets begin to find the battle for survival echoing the confusion in their own lives. Read the next books in the series, Casting Off and All Change, or start from the beginning with The Light Years and Marking Time.

Marking Time

Marking Time

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/1993

Marking Time is the second novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles. Home Place, Sussex, 1939. The English family at war . . . The sunlit days of childish games and familyn meals are over, as the shadows of war roll in to cloud the lives of one English family. At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce as a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story. Louise dreams of being a great actress, Clary is an aspiring writer, while Polly, is burdened with knowledge and the need to share it. Read the next books in the series, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change, or start from the beginning with The Light Years.

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