With an introduction by Joanna Lumley The Light Years is the first novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard’s bestselling five-part series, ‘The Cazalet Chronicles’. 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 . . .
Auf den ersten Blick ist es paradiesisch: Das privilegierte Leben von Viri und Nedra kreist um Dinnerpartys und Freunde, um einen sonnendurchfluteten Garten, um endlose Ferien am Atlantik mit den Kindern. Doch langsam entblättert sich das Trügerische dieser Idylle: Viri beginnt eine Affäre mit einer jungen Mitarbeiterin, Nedra trifft sich mit einem langjährigen Freund der Familie. In poetischen Bildern führt James Salter uns vor Augen, dass nichts unerbittlicher ist als Zeit und nichts vergänglicher als Glück.
Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach. Three generations of the Cazalet family played out their lives - with their relatives, their children and their servants - and the fascinating triangle of their affairs...
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.
Eine Serie, die süchtig macht Als im September 1939 Großbritannien dem Deutschen Reich den Krieg erklärt, verbringt die Familie Cazalet gerade ihre Ferien in Sussex. Während die Väter und Söhne eingezogen werden, bleiben die Frauen auf dem Land und trotzen den kriegsbedingten Einschnitten. Vor allem die Jugend lässt sich nicht unterkriegen: Die drei Cousinen Louise, Polly und Clary brennen darauf, das Leben kennenzulernen.
The fourth volume of the Cazalet Chronicles opens just as World War II has ended, continuing this critically acclaimed family saga perfect for fans of Downton Abbey The war is over, but for the Cazalets—and England—the challenges continue. Against the backdrop of a crumbling empire, the family soldiers on in the wake of disappointment, heartbreak, and tragedy. Returning home after five long years, Rupert Cazalet struggles to adapt to civilian life back in England. And his wife, Zoe, harbors a guilty secret. Young wife and mother Louise Cazalet, trapped in a loveless marriage to a famous portrait painter, searches for a way out. Cazalet cousins Polly and Clary must face life in a new world, their hopes and ideals changed forever by the ravages of war. And Rachel’s self-sacrificing nature could cost her her relationship with Margot Sidney. But the family comes together again as three generations of Cazalets struggle to hold onto Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate that has been their refuge and their heart. Against the titanic sweep of history, as they are tested by infidelities, divorce, unimaginable loss, and the promise of renewed love, the Cazalets try to cast off the sins and sorrows of the past and sail bravely toward the future.
The complete multigenerational saga of an upper-middle-class British family before, during, and after World War II. As war clouds gather on England’s horizon, the Cazalet siblings, along with their wives, children, and servants, prepare to leave London and join their parents at their Sussex estate, Home Place. Thus begins the decades-spanning family saga that has engrossed millions of readers. The Light Years: Hugh, the eldest of the Cazalet siblings, was wounded in France and is haunted by recurring nightmares and the prospect of another war. Edward adores his wife, a former dancer, yet he’s incapable of remaining faithful. Rupert desires only to fulfill his potential as a painter, but finds that love and art cannot coexist. And devoted daughter Rachel discovers the joys—and limitations—of intimacy with another woman. Marking Time: Narrated primarily through the voices of teenagers Louise, Polly, and Clary, the second novel details the continuing story of their fathers. With the outbreak of war, Edward is determined to do his bit for England. But Hugh, injured in World War I, must sit back and watch other men fight for their country, including his brother Rupert, who enlists and goes missing in action. Confusion: As the world reels in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the Cazalets are dealt a tragic blow, and a new generation struggles to find peace with each other, a peace that seems to prove as elusive as it is in the larger world. Casting Off: The war is over, but for the Cazalets—and England—the challenges continue. Against the backdrop of a crumbling empire, the family soldiers on in the wake of disappointment, heartbreak, and tragedy. But the family comes together again as three generations of Cazalets struggle to hold onto Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate that has been their refuge and their heart. All Change: In 1956, the death of eighty-nine-year-old matriarch Kitty “the Duchy” Cazalet marks the end of an era—and the commencement of great change for the family. And Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate where the Cazalets have gathered for years, is now a beloved relic that, with its faded wallpaper and leaky roof, has aged along with its occupants. A rich historical read for those who love E. M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, or Downton Abbey, this is the story of a family “[rendered] thrillingly three-dimensional by a master craftsman” (TheSunday Telegraph).
‘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 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. All Change is the fifth novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet Chronicles. Read from the beginning of the series: The Light Years, Marking Time, Casting Off and Confusion.
From the bestselling author of The Cazelet 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 it is that despite all attempts to resist his attentions, Daisy finds herself falling under Henry's spell . . . 'Completely unputdownable' Independent 'A superb storyteller whose elegantly written novels never fail to pull you in... she tells a taut and compelling story with a subtle build-up of tension that will keep the reader worrying till the end' Sunday Express 'An engaging study of love which explores our deepest needs and desires' Tatler 'I found myself seduced by her clever evocation of people and places, her perfect ear for dialogue and her elegant, sensitive portrayal of contemporary life' Sunday Telegraph 'A novel which, although full of subtle touches, is as unputdownable as any thriller' The Times
Auf der Hochzeit der Zwillingsschwester Als Cassandra sich zur Hochzeit ihrer Zwillingsschwester Judith aufmacht, hat sie vor allem eines im Sinn: die Vermählung zu verhindern. Was will ihre Schwester mit irgendeinem durchschnittlichen, jungen Arzt? Mittelmaß ist ihr ein Gräuel ... Ein vielschichtiger und scharfzüngiger Roman über unsere Suche nach der großen Liebe, jener Seelenverwandtschaft, die von unserer Einsamkeit eine Brücke zum anderen schlägt.
Wie nur erträgt man die langen dunklen Winter dicht am Polarkreis auf der Suche nach ein bisschen Leben und Liebe? Eine Frage, mit der sich auch die Bewohner eines kleinen 400-Seelen-Orts im äußersten Westen Islands konfrontiert sehen. Stets sind sie in Gefahr, in Kleinstadtlethargie zu verdämmern – und so müssen sie selbst dafür sorgen, dass ihre Tage aufregend werden.
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 about a young girl growing up in the years around the First World War. 'Interesting and original . . . Howard has true imagination and a kind of sensuous power. She creates a wonderful atmosphere of uneasiness and oppression; she can also draw scenes with ironic brilliance: hers seems to me to be a remarkable talent' Antonia White, New Statesman
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 twelve highly regarded novels, most recently Falling . Her Cazalet Chronicles have become established as modern classics and were recently filmed by the BBC.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. 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 one of our most beloved British writers. This will be one of the most anticipated, and talked about, memoirs of the season.
Wie Frauen in schweren Zeiten durch Singen ihre eigene Stimme fanden Inspiriert von der Geschichte ihrer Großmutter erzählt die britische Autorin Jennifer Ryan in ihrem Debüt »Der Frauenchor von Chilbury« von einer Gruppe starker Frauen zu Beginn des Zweiten Weltkriegs in einem kleinen Ort in England. 1940: Als immer mehr Männer nach London gehen oder eingezogen werden, beschließt der Pfarrer von Chilbury in der Grafschaft Kent, den Chor der Gemeinde aufzulösen. Die Frauen sind zutiefst enttäuscht. Was bleibt ihnen im schwierigen Kriegsalltag noch? Doch dann kommt die Musikprofessorin Primrose Trent aus London im Ort unter. Sie ist der Überzeugung, dass Musik gerade in schwierigen Zeiten wichtig ist und schlägt die Gründung eines reinen Frauenchors vor. Die Idee stößt auf Skepsis. Ein Chor ganz ohne Bässe und Tenöre? Aber Primrose gibt nicht auf: Mit Energie und Leidenschaft treibt sie ihr Projekt voran – ihr Enthusiasmus und die wundervolle Musik, die entsteht und die sie sich selbst nie zugetraut hätten, überzeugen die Frauen und richten sie auf. Der Chor hilft ihnen, ihre eigene Stimme zu finden. Fünf grundverschiedene Frauen und Mädchen erzählen von ihrem Leben im Dorf und davon, wie der Krieg ihr Leben verändert – wie er Verlust, Trauer und Angst erzeugt, aber doch nicht verhindern kann, dass auch Freundschaft und Liebe entstehen.
Wieviele Kakerlaken passen in einen Aufzug? Hilft Adorno gegen amerikanische Missionare? Lebt die Revolution? Und vor allem: Was steckt »wirklich« in einem Taco? Fragen über Fragen, die Juan Pablo Villalobos in seinem rasanten Seniorenroman aufs vergnüglichste beantwortet. Nabel der Welt ist ein Wohnhaus im Herzen von Mexico City, wo der ganz normale Wahnsinn der Stadt auf ein paar Etagen zusammenschnurrt. Während der hausinterne Literaturkreis auf dem Flur tagt – unter dem strengen Regiment der rüstigen Francesca –, entspinnt sich auf den oberen Stockwerken irgendetwas zwischen Liebes-, Künstler- und Kriminalgeschichte. Ein großer Spaß, und das ganz ohne Rentner, die aus Fenstern steigen!
From the bestselling author of The Cazelet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's Getting It Right, a a touching comedy about a young man trying desperately to get it right. Winner of the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award 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, and suddenly, everything begins to change . . . Over the next fortnight, Gavin might start, at last, to "get it right". PRAISE FOR GETTING IT RIGHT 'Crammed with incidental pleasures . . . sometimes sad but more frequently hilarious . . . Getting It Right gets it, comically, right' Paul Bailey, Evening Standard