Rumer Godden Reading Week is Here!

Rumer Godden’s birthday is on the 10th December. To celebrate I will be hosting Rumer Godden Reading Week from Saturday 4th December to Sunday 12th December 2021.

Joining in #RumerGoddenReadingWeek2021 is easy.

Simply read and review one of the many books written by Rumer Godden and leave your link here (for a mini bio, full book list plus links to previous blogger reviews please see my previous post).

If you are feeling inspired, we’d love to hear about your love of Rumer Godden – tell us how you discovered her books for the first time, your favourite titles, do you reread them, and have you seen any movie versions? Or will this be your first foray into the land of Godden?

I will create a progressive list to keep track of all your posts.



  • Prieres Dans L’Archen (Prayers from the Ark) | Carmen Bernos de Gasztold | 1947 – my review
  • The Creatures’ Choir | Carmen Bernos de Gasztold | 1965 – my review


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Rumer Godden’s writing was informed by her life experience. Or as Matthew Dennison more eloquently said,

Throughout her life she relied on reality to inspire her fiction until the two overlapped and blurred: reality lost its sting, the imaginary gained piquancy.

She wrote adult fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, poetry, children’s books and translated the works of others. I will be reading her 1991 novel, Coromandel Sea Change. What will you be reading this week?

This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.


30 thoughts on “Rumer Godden Reading Week is Here!

    1. I was going to read my lovely Virago Modern Classic designer series edition of that book, but wanted one that was easier to pop in my day pack in the end, so I’m reading one of my paperback choices.


  1. I had never read (or heard of) Rumer Godden until I read your post about this. Since then I read Pippa Passes and last night I started Black Narcissus. Excited to discover a new author!

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    1. I hope you clicked the bio link in this post to find out a little more. She’s quite fascinating in her own right.
      Childhood in India, unhappy first marriage, as an adult ‘suddenly’ seeing what British rule had done to India, converting to Catholicism later in life, remarrying, kept writing until she died in her 90’s.

      The Greengage Summer is her best known story & given to lots of teen girls. I came to her late, but had known about her thanks to friends….who had got THS as teens & loved it and her.


      1. Thank you for answering. I went back and read/paid attention to the bio in your first post. I don’t think I’ve heard of The Greengage Summer either. I’m afraid ‘converted to Catholicism for the “certainty”‘ puts me off more than a bit.


        1. Me too. I’m less keen to read her nun books as a result. But I think I understand from her earlier life, things could be chaotic or out of her control. Perhaps she found the ritual & certainty comforting after all that.


  2. Hello Brona, I’m here “because of” Lisa who prompted me to read again Rumer Godden, having not read her since I was a teenager. I suppose I was one of those teen girls to whom TGS was given, although I’m pretty sure I read In this House of Brede first, possibly after having watched Black Narcissus (two or even three very different stories!). Anyway, here’s my short review (in French) of Black Narcissus: I’ll keep an eye on others’ reviews as they come in!

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    1. Thanks for helping to show how diverse Godden’s non-fiction work is. I remember watching an old movie bio about Hans Christian Andersen as a child (I think with Gene Wilder as Hans?) that was quite romantic & nostalgic. I’ve often wondered how true to life it really was.


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