Love All by Elizabeth Jane Howard

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A beautiful, very moving, melancholic and elegiac novel set in the late 1960s in Melton, a small town in the West Country. The story revolves around a disparate group of people who come together there to establish an arts festival. There is Jack Curtis a self-made millionaire who has bought and refurbished the local stately home, Florence Plover, a garden designer in her sixties whom he has employed and her Anglo-Greek niece, Persephone. There are the Musgrove siblings, Thomas and Mary, whose family originally owned Melton Hall, who run a failing garden nursery nearby and there is Francis Brock, whose sister Celia, Thomas' wife, was tragically killed in a car crash some years previously. This is the story of their intertwining relationships and how they come to love, and not to love each other in different ways and why - a perfect book to curl up and read by the fireside on an autumn afternoon and as satisfying a read as Brief Encounter is a film.

About Elizabeth Jane Howard

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Born in 1923, Elizabeth Jane Howard was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize for her book, The Beautiful Visit, and came to prominence with the publication of The Cazalet Chronicles.
Published January 1, 2008 by Widsor Parragon. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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Persephone's loss of her "Pirate Aunt", long in the coming though never in doubt, is rendered with exquisite anguish, and takes place - of course - in the garden.

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The Telegraph

That theme, in various guises, has haunted her subsequent fiction and reappears in her latest novel, Love All.

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The Telegraph

However, as the title of Elizabeth Jane Howard's novel cleverly suggests, even when love is everywhere, it can still be a game with no score.

Oct 11 2008 | Read Full Review of Love All

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