- RRP: $27.99
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Date Published: 1 Apr 2014
- Pages: 400
- Kindle Edition (448 pages)
- Nook Edition (400 pages)
- iBooks Edition (464 pages)
Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them, just as their ancestors did over the centuries. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children: Guy, the heir, who is studying at Cambridge; their younger son Miles, attending Eton; and their four daughters Diedre, Daphne, DeLacy and Dulcie, affectionately called the Four Dees by the staff. Walter Swann, the premier male of the Swann family, is valet to the earl. His wife Alice, a clever seamstress, who is in charge of the countess’s wardrobe, also makes clothes for the four daughters.
For centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side, beneath the backdrop of the imposing Yorkshire manor. But now, with World War I looming, these two families will find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties are tested and betrayals are set into motion. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again. Set over a period of sixteen years (from 1913 to 1929), Cavendon Hall is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best.
Barbara discusses Cavendon Hall on SkyNews Sunrise (Dec 2013)
Barbara Taylor Bradford returns to her roots with this classic saga of loyalty, secrets, passion and intrigue. If you’ve got withdrawal symptoms from Downton, this is for you.
RT Book Reviews
Bradford is a master at wonderfully detailed, inspiring sagas so when the grand dame writes an upstairs/downstairs tale set in her beloved Yorkshire, readers can be assured a terrific story with passion, drama, history and lush details. Bradford completely captures the atmosphere of the country and the ordinary families caught in the struggles. Readers will rejoice and eagerly await the sure-to-follow sequel.
Perk up, Downton fans: the mega-best-selling Bradford, OBE, sets her next work in Edwardian England, where the Swanns have been serving the aristocratic Inghams for centuries. But with World War I comes change.