Casting Off, by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Second paragraph of third chapter:

‘I didn’t – but ages. He was sort of a friend of Angus’s.’

Once again I have hugely enjoyed this, the fourth volume of the Cazalet Saga, set in 1945-47, about an upper-class family recovering from the war, particularly concentrating on the women and especially on the three cousins Clary, Louise and Polly, though with one very sympathetic male character, Archie, who is a close family friend. The dismay of the slow realisation that life will not return to the old ways, encapsulated by the Labour election victory, rang very true, as did the disintegration of Louise’s marriage, clearly and painfully based on the author’s marriage to Peter Scott. There is one particularly lovely chapter about Polly unexpectedly finding her destiny, and the Archie/Clary thread twists through the book, along with many other sidetracks into the extended family. I don’t think you could read this without having read the previous three, but I do recommend them all. One left now, All Change; but you can get this one here.