A friend has lent me the final volume of Elizabeth Jane Howard's 'Cazalet Chronicles' All Change
The story has jumped from the end of WWII to the mid 1950's and luckily for me there is a family tree at the beginning of the book as I am still having difficulty remembering which 'child' belongs to what family.
In fact several of the now adult children still appear very childlike. eg Louise, in her Dior gown feels very 'grown-up'. I checked her age and found she was in her mid-30's . . . already married and divorced, with a child she has given up and the mistress of a wealthy banker. Not the life of someone barely out of the nursery. Several of the similarly aged 'boys' seem unable to find jobs or know what they want to do with their lives. Luckily their parents now in their late 50 - 60's still dine on oysters and champagne. Several have divorced and have enough money to drive expensive cars, live in large country houses, own villas 'abroad' and even keep a few creaking servants. The Age of the Common Man hasn't quite held them back.
But the five books do grow on you and are all well written.