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Hedge Cutting

It was an exchange with Cynthia Guenther Richardson, herself a talented story-writer in Tales for Life, that alerted me to the fact that I had unread novels of Rumer Godden in my bookshelves. 229 more words

Too Many To Choose Just One

What was my favorite book as a child? I was such a bookworm that I couldn’t possibly pick just one. And I still own so many of the books that I loved as a child and teenager that now I qualify as a book hoarder. 616 more words

Serenity Now

A Fugue in Time - or, Take Three Tenses - by Rumer Godden (1945)

This is so lovely; the story of a London house and the family who lived there, wrapped together quite beautifully.

The author explained what she did far better than I ever could. 801 more words


"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy."

Perhaps contentious, the words of the distinguished novelist Rumer Godden, OBE, whose work and remarkable life I admire, are on my mind. By mid July the vegetable garden-come-nursery is usually heaving with gluts of one sort or another. 946 more words

Anemanthele Lessoniana

Little Plum by Rumer Godden - A Review

When I was a child my mum bought me a copy of a book called: “Miss Happiness and Miss Flower,’ by Rumer Godden.  We didn’t have lots of money to spare on new books, but books were important to us as a family, and buying secondhand books was totally acceptable if it meant you could keep feeding the reading habit.   592 more words

Books For Girls

What I Read in June 2015

Abdelraman Munif, Cities of Salt. This novel, translated from the Arabic, tells of the effects on the lives of the inhabitants of an unnamed country where oil is found and developed. 410 more words

Reading the Backlist, part 3: Rumer Godden

This week, I’m continuing my exploration of favorite authors’ backlists by picking up In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden.

Godden’s 1945 novel, Take Three Tenses… 340 more words