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All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard
  

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The fifth in the Cazalet Chronicles which, to be fully enjoyed, should be read in order but Howard does fill you in on past history. It is difficult to believe this is the “final” book for, although the author is now 91 I do feel we should have another as this finishes on such a sad note. It covers a very short period, June 1956 to Christmas 1958. The Cazalet family is very extensive but there is a cast of characters to refresh your memory of who belongs to whom. Even in the late 50s the upper classes were still full of servants and nannies although the opulence of earlier times has gone. The two brothers who run the family business are now in their sixties and still ignore all signs that the firm must change, brushing aside problems in the ignorant and somehow amateur way family businesses were run then. Naturally disaster strikes and as there is no real conclusion we are left feeling that life just goes on, happily for some, not so for others.

If you like Elizabeth Jane Howard you might also like to read books by Adele Geras, Jane Smiley and Penny Vincenzi.

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All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard

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.

About the Author

Elizabeth Jane Howard

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.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Elizabeth Jane Howard

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Hardback

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Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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9780230743076

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