• Juillet 1937, Sussex. Dans la propriété de Home Place, la Duche, affairée avec ses domestiques, prépare l'arrivée de la famille au grand complet:ses trois fils, Hugh, Edward et Rupert Cazalet, sont en chemin depuis Londres avec épouses, enfants et gouvernantes. Entre pique-niques sur la plage et soirées auprès du gramophone, les intrigues familiales se succèdent. Aux préoccupations des adultes font écho les inquiétudes des enfants, et à la résilience des femmes répond la toute-puissance - ou l'impuissance - des hommes. L'été regorge d'incertitudes mais, sans l'ombre d'un doute, une nouvelle guerre approche...

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  • Juillet 1945. Deux mois après la fin de laguerre, la famille Cazalet décide de quitter Home Place pour retourner vivre à Londres. Pourtant, si la paix est enfin signée, rien ne sera jamais plus comme avant... Rupert, après cinq ans d'absence, retrouve une Angleterre encore sous le coup des privations et des bouleversements politiques. L'espoir déçu de renouer avec la vie d'avant-guerre semble confirrmé par la mort du Brig et par le divorce d'Edward et de Villy. Les plus âgés des enfants Cazalet, désormais adultes, doivent apprendre à composer avec leurs parents dont ils découvrent que les préoccupations ne sont pas si éloignées des leurs. Louise s'ingénue à trouver des échappatoires à la vie conjugale, mais sa tentative de revenir à sa première passion, le théâtre, se solde par un échec. Clary et Polly partagent toujours un appartement à Londres ; Clary est la secrétaire d'un agent littéraire exigeant et tyrannique, tandis que Polly devient assistante dans une entreprise de décoration d'intérieur. Chacune s'efforce de tracer sa voie, entre mésaventures et déconvenues amoureuses. Ami et proche confident, Archie se révèle plus que jamais le dépositaire des secrets de la famille.
    Nouveau Départ est le tome du difficile renouveau. L'heure est venue pour chacun de surmonter les épreuves passées et de se défaire des inhibitions pour découvrir la vertu de l'aveu.

  • Mars 1942. Polly et Clary, les deux cousines encore enfants dans Étés anglais et qui, adolescentes, avaient la part belle dans À rude épreuve, ont aujourd'hui dix-sept ans et n'aspirent qu'à une chose: échapper à l'étau familial en quittant Home Place pour Londres.
    Polly est encore sous le choc du décès de sa mère, Sybil, qui a succombé au cancer qui la rongeait. Clary, dont le père Rupert n'a plus donné signe de vie depuis le mot apporté par un soldat français, est sur le point de perdre espoir. Au chagrin des deux héroïnes s'ajoute la frustration face au silence borné du clan Cazalet: les adultes se refusent à parler des choses graves, et continuent de les considérer comme des enfants.
    À quel modèle les deux jeunes filles peuvent-elles bien s'identier ? Leur cousine Louise abandonne sa carrière d'actrice pour devenir mère de famille. Leur tante Rachel est à ce point dévouée à ses parents qu'elle laisse s'éloigner sa précieuse amie Sid. Et pendant que Zoë, la belle-mère de Clary, s'éprend d'un Américain, les in délités d'Oncle Edward à l'égard de Tante Villy menacent de tout faire voler en éclats.
    Malgré les sirènes et les bombardements, Londres est toujours plus attirante que Home Place, où règnent un froid glacial et une atmosphère de plomb.

  • Septembre 1939. La famille Cazalet, réunie à Home Place, apprend l'entrée en guerre de l'Angleterre à la suite de l'invasion de la Pologne. On ferme les demeures londoniennes les unes après les autres pour se mettre à l'abri dans le Sussex, où les préoccupations de chacun - parent, enfant ou domestique - sont régulièrement interrompues par les raids allemands.
    Polly, dont les parents s'enfoncent dans un insupportable mutisme, se tourne vers les discours pacifistes de Christopher et l'oreille attentive de Miss Milliment. Clary, sa meilleure amie, renseigne chaque parcelle de sa vie dans des carnets et élabore mille scénarios pour expliquer le silence de son père Rupert, porté disparu sur les côtes françaises. Serait-il devenu espion aux côtés du général de Gaulle? Zoë, sa femme, vient de donner naissance à Juliet, qui ne connaîtra peut-être jamais son père. Fascinées, les deux adolescentes observent aussi leur cousine Louise: à dix-huit ans, alors qu'elle fait ses débuts dans un sinistre théâtre de province, elle fume et porte des pantalons, au grand dam de sa famille.

    Deuxième tome de la saga des Cazalet, À rude épreuve reprend le fil de l'existence de personnages dont Elizabeth Jane Howard continue d'explorer les secrets les plus enfouis, alors que l'Angleterre subit de plein fouet le conflit mondial tant redouté.

  • À soixante et un ans, Emmanuel Joyce est un dramaturge à succès. Accompagné de sa femme Lillian et de son manager dévoué Jimmy Sullivan, qui partage leur vie nomade, il s'apprête à quitter Londres le temps de repérer une comédienne pour la production de sa dernière pièce à Broadway. Alors qu'aucune candidate ne fait l'affaire, surgit l'idée de confier le rôle à Alberta, sa secrétaire de dixneuf ans, tout droit sortie du presbytère de son père dans le Dorset. Seulement, il faudra lui apprendre le métier. Ils embarquent pour l'île grecque d'Hydra où Jimmy aura six semaines pour faire répéter l'ingénue, tandis qu'Emmanuel tâchera de renouer avec l'écriture. Lillian, fragilisée par sa maladie de coeur et dévastée par la mort de leur fille survenue plusieurs années auparavant, profitera de cette parenthèse loin des mondanités du théâtre pour tenter d'exorciser ses démons. Pourtant, elle ne sait se défaire de certains tourments : et si Emmanuel s'éprenait de la délicieuse Alberta ? Le temps d'un été brûlant, la dynamique qui lie les quatre exilés prend une tournure inattendue, et la vie de chacun change de cap.
    Avec Une saison à Hydra, à la fin des années 1950, Elizabeth Jane Howard nous offre un roman poignant où quatre personnages déploient tour à tour leur histoire, et apprennent à surmonter le passé sans en effacer les souvenirs.

  • Elegantly constructed and told with exceptional grace, The Light Years is a modern classic of twentieth-century English life and is the first novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard''s extraordinary, bestselling family saga The Cazalet Chronicles. 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, games, and excursions to the coast. But despite the idyllic setting, nothing can be done to soothe the siblings'' heartache: Hugh is haunted by the ravages of the Great War, Edward is torn between his wife and his latest infidelity, and Rupert is in turmoil over his inability to please his demanding wife. Meanwhile, Rachel risks losing her only chance at happiness because of her unflinching loyalty to the family. With cover artwork exclusively designed by artist Luke Edward Hall, this will be an edition to treasure. The Light Years is followed by Confusion , the second book in the series. ''Charming, poignant and quite irresistible . . . to be cherished and shared'' - Times

  • B>Marking Time is the second novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles./b>Home Place, Sussex, 1939. The English family at war . . . The sunlit days of childish games and family 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.b>Read the next books in the series, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change, or start from the beginning with The Light Years./b>

  • The Second World War has finally ended and so begins a new era of freedom and opportunity for the Cazalet family. Elizabeth Jane Howard''s magnificent Cazalet Chronicles continues with Casting Off, the fourth novel in the saga. The Cazalet cousins are now in their twenties, trying to piece together their lives in the aftermath of the war. Louise is faced with her father''s new mistress and her mother''s grief at his betrayal, while suffering in a loveless marriage of her own. Clary is struggling to understand why her beloved father chose to stay in France long after it was safe to return to Britain, and both she and Polly are madly in love with much older men. Polly, Clary and Louise must face the truth about the adult world, while their fathers - Rupert, Hugh and Edward - must make choices that will decide their own, and the family''s, future. With cover artwork exclusively designed by artist Luke Edward Hall, this is the heartbreaking and heartwarming fourth instalment of Elizabeth Jane Howard''s bestselling series. It is followed by All Change , the fifth and final book in the series. ''Charming, poignant and quite irresistible . . . to be cherished and shared'' - The Times

  • B>Confusion is the third novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles./b>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.

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  • Beautifully and poignantly told, Marking Time is the second novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard''s bestselling Cazalet Chronicles. Home Place, Sussex, 1939. As the shadows of the Second World War roll in, banishing the sunlit days of childish games and trips to the coast, a new generation of Cazalets take up the family''s story. Louise, who dreams of becoming a great actress, finds herself facing the harsh reality that her parents have their own lives with secrets, passions and yearnings. Clary, an aspiring writer, learns that her beloved father is now missing somewhere on the shores of France. And sensitive, imaginative Polly feels stuck - stuck without a vocation, stuck without information about her mother''s illness, stuck without anything except her nightmares about the war. With cover artwork exclusively designed by artist Luke Edward Hall, this is the second volume of the extraordinary Cazalet Chronicles and a perfect addition to your collection. Marking Time is followed by Confusion , the third book in the series. ''Charming, poignant and quite irresistible . . . to be cherished and shared'' - Times

  • All Change is the fifth and final volume in Elizabeth Jane Howard''s bestselling The Cazalet Chronicles. where the old world begins to fade from view and a new dawn emerges. It is the 1950s and as the Duchy, the Cazalets'' beloved matriarch, dies, she takes with her the last remnants of a disappearing world - houses with servants, 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. As the Cazalets descend on Home Place for Christmas, only one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same again. With cover artwork exclusively designed by artist Luke Edward Hall, this is the heartbreaking and heartwarming final installment of Elizabeth Jane Howard''s bestselling series. ''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

  • The Cazalet Chronicles continues with Confusion , the third installment, set in the height of the Second World War and where chaos has become a way of life for the Cazalet family. It''s 1942 and the dark days of war seem never-ending. Scattered across the still-peaceful Sussex countryside and air-raid-threatened London, the divided Cazalets begin to find the battle for survival echoing the confusion in their own lives. Headstrong, independent Louise surprises the whole family when she abandons her dreams of being an actress and instead makes a society marriage. Polly and Clary, now in their late teens, finally fulfil their ambition of living together in London. But the reality of the city is not quite what they imagined, and Polly is struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother and manage her grieving father. Clary, meanwhile, is painfully aware that what she lacks in beauty she makes up for in intelligence, and is the only member of the family who believes that her father might not be dead. With cover artwork exclusively designed by artist Luke Edward Hall, this is the heartbreaking and heartwarming third installment of Elizabeth Jane Howard''s bestselling series. It is followed by the fourth book, Casting Off. ''Charming, poignant and quite irresistible . . . to be cherished and shared'' - The Times

  • B>The Light Years is the first novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles./b>Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home . . . For two unforgettable summers they 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. Three generations of the Cazalet family. Their relatives, their children and their servants - and the fascinating triangle of their affairs . . .Read the next books in the series, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change.

  • 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 . . . '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

  • B>Casting Off is the fourth novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles./b>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.

  • 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 . . .

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