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doings Sun 11-Aug-13 18:34:18

. . .could be historical (don't fancy way back though) or contemporary. One of those books that gets you really involved with the characters and their lives through many years.

Like The Color Purple or The Corrections or The Good Earth???

Anybody got any suggestions, please. Thanks.

Graceparkhill Sun 11-Aug-13 18:37:44

The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard

utahforever Sun 11-Aug-13 18:38:06

A Woman of Substance and its sequels were good, although the first book was the best.

CoteDAzur Sun 11-Aug-13 18:39:23

Middlesex is very good.

utahforever Sun 11-Aug-13 18:39:48

Ooops, forgot the author

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

DoItTooJulia Sun 11-Aug-13 18:41:45

The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende.

1000 years of solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver. Awesome book.

AtYourCervix Sun 11-Aug-13 18:43:41

I'm in the middle of The Cazalets. Lovibg it v much.

Laurie Graham - The Unfortunates is v funny (as are most her others)

Zoomania Sun 11-Aug-13 18:47:19

Pillars of the earth, ken follet

doings Sun 11-Aug-13 18:52:25

WoW-zer! Just nipped out and came back - refreshed screen and there's loads of suggestions. Brilliant!

Many, many thanks.

TiredyCustards Sun 11-Aug-13 18:52:37

Fall on your knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

LinusVanPelt Sun 11-Aug-13 18:59:31

Joy Luck Club?

superbagpuss Sun 11-Aug-13 19:09:50

penmarric Susan howatch - a great family saga set in cornwall 19c, never met anyone else that has read it but I loved it

DuchessofMalfi Sun 11-Aug-13 19:29:39

R F Delderfield wrote some good family stuff. Titles escape my memory right now blush but they were good. Also one he wrote set in a school To Serve Them All My Days. They might fit the bill.

Newforestpony Sun 11-Aug-13 19:35:17

Try some Edward Rutherford books -

The New Forest

Historical to present day following several families/links with references to actual occurrences too.

cosmicnibble Sun 11-Aug-13 19:47:02

If you liked the corrections have you read Freedom also by Jonathon Franzen?

FrauMoose Sun 11-Aug-13 19:50:09

Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Kate Atkinson)

Itsjustafleshwound Sun 11-Aug-13 19:52:46

Cutting for Stone - ?? Verghese

Cheddars Sun 11-Aug-13 19:54:22

Try Maisie Mosco's series which starts with Almonds and Raisins

Set in Manchester in 1905, this book begins the story of the Sandberg family who, having escaped from Eastern Europe, now struggle through the Great War and the Depression in England. Maisie Mosco has written eight novels including "After the Dream".

I really enjoyed the series.

Zoomania Sun 11-Aug-13 19:54:48

Sorry just seen your not way back bit. Pillars of the earth starts quite a time ago! Is very gripping though.

teabagpleb Sun 11-Aug-13 20:07:10

The Glass Palace, Amritav Ghosh.

I can second Poisonwood Bible, though didn't like some of her others so much.

For relaxing holiday reading, there's always Jilly Cooper and Riders, Rivals, etc... smile

Clawdy Sun 11-Aug-13 20:25:05

The Whiteoak Saga - Mazo de la Roche - used to read 'em avidly,so did my mum and sis!

shelsco Sun 11-Aug-13 20:46:47

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton was brilliant, I couldn't put it down. Set now but with flashbacks to the second world war and the earlier life of the mother throughout. Although its not a detective story at all, there's a real mystery to it so you're constantly trying to work it all out along with the main character. It's easy to read but not a simple story! The best book I've read in ages.

elQuintoConyo Sun 11-Aug-13 20:57:41

The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood, covered three generations. Great book.

I hated Poisonwood Bible hmm

Hamwidgeandcheps Sun 11-Aug-13 21:03:02

Behind the scenes at the museum is awesome but v sad.

Steinbeck East of Eden

The camomile lawn Mary Wesley

magimedi Mon 12-Aug-13 09:51:36

The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy.

So much better than any of the TV adaptations.

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