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"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

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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


Books that really change your life

A few weeks ago I read this anonymous letter to JK Rowling, written by someone who wanted to tell the author that, as a child, the Harry Potter books were the only thing that gave him a sense of home. 949 more words


Review of Descent into Hell (1937) by Charles Williams

Review by Mary G

Thecla W pointed me to the comment on the dust jacket as she lent me her copy of Descent into Hell… 786 more words

Book Reviews

What I Read in April 2015

Karen Joy Fowler, The Sweetheart Season. I very much enjoyed this entertaining account of the girls from the cereal test kitchen and their season on out-of-any-league girls’ baseball. 491 more words