Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

E. M Forster’s novel published in 1910 portrays England at the turn of the 20th century. The story is told through the lens of three families and displays the life and attitudes of the middle class, showing the economic extremes of this particular group.

Somewhere in the middle of this economic spectrum lies the Schlegel sisters Margaret and Helen who have a strong social conscience and wish to educate the close minded upper middle class to the struggles of the lower middle class.

Three families are drawn together in love, lies and death. After a slow start in which the characters are drawn and the scene is set this story draws you in with an interesting twist of events at the very end. And yes at the heart of this is a ‘place’ called Howards End which draws these families to itself and has a powerful influence on them. An enjoyable read, which reminded me of Jane Austen’s novels that I love which closely examine the society of the day.

Howard’s End has been serialised on the ABC.