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Marking Time

Elizabeth Jane Howard



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);


464 pages

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The place is once again Home Place, Sussex but the year is now 1939. 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. And a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story.

By:   Elizabeth Jane Howard
Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Volume:   2
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   452g
ISBN:   9780330332507
ISBN 10:   0330332503
Series:   Cazalet Chronicles
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   November 2013
Recommended Age:   From 18
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elizabeth Jane Howard is the author of fourteen highly acclaimed novels, most recently Love All. The Cazalet Chronicles - The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion and Casting Off - have become established as modern classics and were adapted for a major BBC television series. In 2002 Macmillan published her autobiography, Slipstream. In that same year she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

This is the second in the series chronicling the fortunes of the Cazalet family. The carefree years of childhood games, large family gatherings and lavish parties, so memorably described in the first volume, Light Years, are over, the windows at Home Place have been blacked out and food is scarce. The children are growing up and now take centre stage: Louise, who is tired of being taught nothing more than how to be the lady of the house and wants to be an actress; Clary, the aspiring writer, who keeps a list of things people never talk about - like going to the lavatory and menstruation; and Polly, who is determined to do something to end the war, but is not quite sure what. Full of insight and wit, Marking Time is a story of how the unfamiliar experiences of adolescence are heightened by war, when daydreams make humdrum routine bearable but when nothing can dispel the fear of war and the sadness of death. The place to start to appreciate the full poignancy of the superb follow-up. (Kirkus UK)

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