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Rumer Godden's The Lady and the Unicorn

Virago has reissued several of Rumer Godden’s books, and recently reissued her lyrical second novel, The Lady and the Unicorn. Have you ever heard of this book?  736 more words

'The Lady and The Unicorn' by Rumer Godden ****

Rumer Godden’s The Lady and The Unicorn, which was first published in 1937, is the 630th entry upon the Virago Modern Classics list.  As with… 760 more words

'The Battle of the Villa Fiorita' by Rumer Godden ****

First published in 1963, Rumer Godden’s The Battle of the Villa Fiorita is the 574th entry upon the Virago Modern Classics list. The introduction to the volume has been penned by Anita Desai, who writes that the novel is ‘a display of her ability to construct a plot, quicken the pace and build up to a dramatic end’. 647 more words

Happy Birthday To Me.... (or rather, an excuse for more books!)

Yes, more books have arrived and been loaded onto the shelves in the past two weeks. And since I do find it hard (believe me, I do) to justify this massive addition so soon after the even more… 459 more words

Diaries & Letters

'The River' by Rumer Godden ****

French film director Jean Renoir, who purchased the film rights to Rumer Godden’s The River soon after it was published in 1946, said: ‘ exactly the type of novel which would give me the best inspiration for my own work… an unexpressed, subtle, heartbreaking innocent love story including a little girl’.  672 more words

Handing on the gift of Rumer Godden's lost gem to my daughter.

When I was seven I was given a battered old copy of Rumer Godden’s ‘Miss Happiness and Miss Flower’ for Christmas by a girl at school. 367 more words


An Episode of Sparrows - Rumer Godden (1956)

I have seen An Episode of Sparrows referred to as a young adult or even a children’s book, although Wikipedia lists it in amongst Rumer Godden’s adult novels, and having read it I think it fits there more comfortably. 953 more words