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With an introduction by Joanna Lumley.

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.

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.

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Evocative and gracefully written (Cosmopolitan)

This chronicle will be read, like Trollope, as a classic about life in England in our century (Sybille Bedford)

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 and Bring up the Bodies )

The Cazalets have earned an honoured place among the great saga families . . . rendered thrillingly three-dimensional by a master craftsman (Sunday Telegraph)

Charming, poignant and quite irresistible . . . to be cherished and shared (Times)

As polished, stylish and civilized as her many devotees would expect (Julian Barnes, author of The Sense of an Ending)

Superb . . . hypnotic . . . very funny (Spectator)

A dazzling historical reconstruction (Penelope Fitzgerald)

A family saga of the best kind . . . a must (Tatler)

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The first book in the landmark Cazalet Chronicles, previously a BBC radio and TV series. With the onset of war, The Light Years reveals a privileged family facing uncertain times.

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