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ecuse Fri 04-Jul-14 20:49:38

Right. I have exhausted all the family saga type series I know of. What can I read that's similar to the Cazalets, the Clifton Chronicles, the Forsytes, anything by Penny Vincenzi, the Emma Hart books, Outlander etc etc. Inspire me! I want easy reading, absorbing, long and ideally multiple volumes....

Kikaninchen Fri 04-Jul-14 20:54:13

How about Cynthia Harrod Eagles?

KatieKaye Fri 04-Jul-14 20:54:42

How about Susan Howatch? Penmarric, Cashelmara, The Wheel of Fortune and The Rich Are DIfferent and it's sequel Sins of the Fathers?

I Claudius and Claudius The God by Robert Graves for the ultimate in dysfunctional families.

Kikaninchen Fri 04-Jul-14 20:55:41

Sorry posted too soon; Cynthia Harrod Eagles, The Morland Dynasty books.

MollyMaDurga Fri 04-Jul-14 21:03:04


Muskey Fri 04-Jul-14 21:03:28

The mallens poldark

LeBearPolar Fri 04-Jul-14 21:06:02

Have you read the Wideacre trilogy by Philippa Gregory? Here

Ragwort Fri 04-Jul-14 21:07:34

Have you tried Jodi Picoult novels - a bit similar but each one takes a theme and gives different characters' perspectives of it? Not very heavy but easy to read grin.

Bunbaker Fri 04-Jul-14 21:11:41

The Wideacre Trilogy by Philippa Gregory
The Patteran Trilogy by Patricia Wendorf -

DuchessofMalfi Fri 04-Jul-14 21:59:48

Have you read R F Delderfield's novels. A Horseman Riding By trilogy, for example. Or To Serve Them All My Days, and many more. Should satisfy the need for long family sagas smile

ecuse Fri 04-Jul-14 22:32:51

I feel like all my Christmases have come at once. Keep 'em coming!

redhatnoknickers Fri 04-Jul-14 22:37:02

The Jalna series by Mazo de la Roche - lovely books.

magimedi Fri 04-Jul-14 22:41:00

The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy.

Just the best ever family saga & a forerunner to many mentioned above.

magimedi Fri 04-Jul-14 22:42:03

Sorry, it's late & I've had wine & just re read the Op & seen you've read the Forsytes.

comfycushion Sat 05-Jul-14 08:28:24

Kate morton............. every book is a different story but ohhhh so good

Bunbaker Sat 05-Jul-14 09:34:15

I'll second Kate Morton

ecuse Sat 05-Jul-14 14:09:17

Right, am officially making a start with The Morland Dynasty (looks right up my street) then will work my way through the others. V pleased now grin

CatKisser Sat 05-Jul-14 14:12:22

I'm almost embarrassed to suggest this, but have you ever read A Woman of Substance and its sequels? It's Barbara Taylor Bradford so a bit cringey but I've read them a few times and love them! Very epic family saga type stuff.

KatieKaye Sat 05-Jul-14 14:16:02

If you like the Morland Dynasty, then how about the Daughters of England series by Philippa Carr (aka Victoria Holt aka Jean Plaidy)?

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 05-Jul-14 14:19:29

Ken Follett, one set around first world war, 2 volumes out so far.

Bunbaker Sat 05-Jul-14 16:26:13

I loved Ken Follett's The Pillar's of the Earth and World Without End.

Is that The Century Trilogy you are referring to Five? Are they a good read?

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 05-Jul-14 22:33:55

Yes, I have never read any of his before, they were OK, lots of historical facts I didn't know and a lot of intertwining families. He can't write a sex scene thoughgrin

Rosarosae Wed 09-Jul-14 23:27:11

One of my favourite novels is Middlesex - a very long book which is different from all the family sagas and absolutely captivating. By the author of The Virgin Suicides, but this is a much better novel.

CointreauVersial Wed 09-Jul-14 23:29:14

Penmarric by Susan Howatch.

JimmyCorkhill Thu 10-Jul-14 22:14:11

Yes, yes, yes to Middlesex! Amaaaaazing book. Also The Poisonwood Bible. I am currently reading The Thorn Birds.

This might help.

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