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Elizabeth Jane Howard CBE dies, aged 90

Elizabeth Jane Howard CBE dies, aged 90

Acclaimed novelist and former Booker judge Elizabeth Jane Howard has died at her home in Suffolk, aged 90. Howard was best known for The Cazalet Chronicles, a series of books telling the story of a large upper-middle-class family during the Second World War. The last book in the series was published in November 2013, and the series sold more than one million copies.

Howard was married twice before her tumultous third marriage to Kingsley Amis. In 1974, Howard served as a judge of the Booker Prize where she persisted in promoting Amis' Ending Up until she realised none of the other judges would follow suit.  She was appointed CBE in 2000, published 15 novels and three works of non-fiction (including her autobiography, Slipstream, in 2002). She also organised the Cheltenham and Salisbury literary festivals.