Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatization of the treasured family saga
Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five-book chronicle of the upper-middle class Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Ruper, and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside.
During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off, and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfold, we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond.
Dramatized by Sarah
Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books,
this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard’s extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author’s death.
About the Author
Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923–2014) was the author of fifteen highly acclaimed novels. The Cazalet Chronicles—The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off, and All Change—have become established as modern classics and have been adapted for a major BBC television series and most recently for BBC Radio 4. In 2002 she was appointed commander to the Order of the British Empire.
Penelope Wilton is a noted stage, film, and television actress. A two-time winner of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, she is best known for her roles in the BBC comedy Ever Decreasing Circles and the popular drama series Downton Abbey.