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Word Lovers

Writing is all about words: falling in love with them, coaxing them, wooing them, worrying over them, playing with them, cutting them, adding them, and even, like Shakespeare, inventing them. 458 more words

Dolls Cannot Choose

“It is an anxious, sometimes a dangerous thing to be a doll. Dolls cannot choose;
they can only be chosen; they cannot ‘do’; they can only be done by.”
~ Rumer Godden, The Dolls’ House

Antique Dolls

Thus Far and No Further - or Rungli-Rungliot - by Rumer Godden (1943)

When I ordered this book from the library I knew next to nothing about it. When I finished A Fugue in Time, I scanned the catalogue for titles that I didn’t have and I picked it out from the titles that I knew weren’t in print; because there was a note that said it was Rumer Godden’s first work of non-fiction; as I hadn’t read any of her non-fiction at that stage the book picked itself. 577 more words


Review of 'In This House of Brede' by Rumer Godden

Republished by Virago.

Although not published until 1969, ‘In This House of Brede’ is set in the 1950s and was adapted for television in 1975.  563 more words

Book Review

The Peacock Spring

A welcome visit from Shelly and Ron, to collect the platinum anniversary photographs, broke the monotony of a morning spent on too-long-deferred paperwork. We enjoyed the usual ensuing conversation, naturally involving a certain amount of reminiscing. 301 more words

Slightly Better Than Expected

The Canonical Hours are the seven prayer times in the day developed by the Roman Catholic Church. Ritualised offices are said, at three hourly intervals, in private or in groups. 350 more words

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