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Elizabeth Jane Howard Books In Order

Publication Order of Cazalet Chronicles Books

The Light Years (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marking Time (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Confusion (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Casting Off (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Change (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Beautiful Visit (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long View (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Change (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After Julius (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something in Disguise (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Odd Girl Out (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Getting It Right (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falling (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love All (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

We Are For the Dark (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. Wrong (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Slipstream (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Elizabeth Jane Howard, FRSL, CBE, was one of the most popular novelist from England, who used to write her books based on the fiction and nonfiction genres. Before taking up writing as a career, she had worked as an actor and a model. Author Howard was born on March 26, 1923 in London, England, The United Kingdom. At the age of 19, she married her first husband named Peter Scott in the year 1942. Their daughter named Nicola was born in the following year. In the next couple of years, things were not going well between author Howard and Peter Scott. Therefore, she left him and eventually got divorced in the year 1951. During this time, Howard had started working as a part time secretary for the canals conservation group call the Inland Waterways Association. While working there, she came across Robert Aickman, with whom she went on to collaborate in the future for writing the short story collection titled We Are for the Dark. In her autobiography called Slipstream, published in the year 2002, author Howard has described the short affair that she had with Robert Aickman. The second marriage of author Howard, with Jim Douglas Henry, was very brief. Following this, she met and married for the third time with the reputed novelist named Sir Kingsley Amis. They met with each other while helping in organizing the Cheltenham Literary Festival. This marriage lasted between the years 1965 and 1983. For most part of this marriage, author Howard and Kingsley Amis used to live at Lemmons, which is a Georgian house located in Barnet. While staying there, author Howard wrote one of her novels titled Something in Disguise, which was later published in the year 1969. The stepson of author Howard, named Martin Amis, has given her the credit to encourage him and enabling him to turn into a more serious writer and reader. During the last stages of her life, author Howard used to live in Bungay Suffolk, England. In the year 2000, she was appointed as the CBE.

Author Howard breathed her last on January 2, 2014, at her home in Bungay. She died at the age of 90. In the year 1951, author Howard was awarded with the John Llewellyn Prize for her debut book titled The Beautiful Visit. And after writing around 6 more books in her career, she finally embarked on the most popular work of her writing career, The Cazalet Chronicle. In this interesting series, author Howard has described a family saga about the different ways in which the lives of the English people changed during the time of the war years, especially those of the women. The initial 4 volumes of this series were released between the years 1990 and 1995. The fifth book of the series came out in the year 2013, after a gap of 18 years. The initial couple of books were made into a TV serial by Cinema Verity for the BBC Television. It was called as The Cazalets and was broadcast in the year 2001. From the year 2012 onwards, a different version of the TV serial broadcasted by the BBC Radio 4. Apart from writing novels and short stories, author Howard was also involved with writing screenplays for movies. One of the screenplays that she wrote was for the 1989 film titled Getting It Right. This movie was based on her 1982 book having the same name and was directed by the well known director named Randal Kleiser. Author Howard has also written a short story book titled Mr. Wrong, which was released in 1975. Following this, she was associated with the editing work of a couple of anthologies. It is believed that the Cazalet novels are based on the story of author Howard’s own family at the time of the war. All the novels in this series are expansive, paranomic, intriguing, and generous. They are considered as the product of author Howard’s lifetime experience. The critics reviewed that Howard knew what her aim was while writing the books and had the technical skill and stamina to achieve it. Author Howard believed that she was attracted towards superlatives from the very beginning of her career. Her characters showed the emotional extravagance, which was liked by the readers. Their outrageous laughter, reckless love affairs, and contagious weeping, also made them keep reading the books from start to end without stopping.

The first novel in the Cazalet Chronicles series written by Elizabeth Jane Howard is titled as ‘The Light Years’. It was released by the Washington Press in the year 1995 after being originally published in the year 1990. In the plot, author Howard has introduced the main characters as the members of the Cazalt family, namely Edward, Villy, Rupert, Hugh, Zoe, Rachel, etc. At the start of the book, it is shown that in the year 1937 the upcoming war seems very near. During such tense situation, the Cazalet family households gear up for the summer pilgrimage to the prestigious family estate located in Sussex. One of the members of the family is Edward, who seems to be in love with his wife Villy, but he does appear to be faithful to her. Hugh, who was serving in the Great War gets wounded. The other members of the large family include the spinster sister named Rachel, and Rupert, who worships his child-bride named Zoe. Author Howard has done a great job in describing the upper middle class family of the Cazalets who have a large group of servants, mistresses, friends, and retainers, apart from the family members. The family is so large that the readers need to keep a scorecard to track each one of them. These large groups of people are shown dealing with the looming Second World War in England between 1937 and 1938.

The next book written by Howard in the series is titled as ‘Marking Time’. This book was released in the year 1991 first and then in 1995 by the Washington Square Press. In this book, author Howard takes the readers to the backdrop of the breakout of war in Britain in the year 1939. The main characters depicted in the book include Louise, Polly, Clary, etc., all of whom belong to the Cazalet family. Louise, who turns 16 years old, begins to go to London parties by leaving her cooking school. For 14 year old Polly, the war terrors cannot hinder the physical pains that she feels because of adolescence. On the other hand, Clary is shown holding to the belief that her father is still alive even though he is reported missing since visiting Dunkirk and declared dead. Once again the family is shown trying to cope up with their problems at the time of the war.

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