Elizabeth Jane Howard – The Cazalet Chronicles

As written by Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth Jane Howard is a craftswoman, because in order to build such a monumental work, where nothing is uncalculated, you need to be a great writer. Set in England between 1937 and 1958, these books (5 volumes) tell the story of the Cazalet brothers – affluent owners of a timber firm – and their families. They’ll live happy and trouble-free moments but eventually – with the outbreak of WWII and its implications – will also have to come to terms with themselves and test their ability to change. A fantastic reading to devour despite its length.