What a lovely way to start December - with a week dedicated to all things Godden! Hopefully, you've enjoyed your week in India, England and France in the very capable hands of Rumer Godden. A big thank you to all of you who contributed reviews and comments, here and on Twitter. It has been a … Continue reading #RumerGoddenReadingWeek2021 Wrap Up
'When the lotus comes it is time to go.' That is what we say in Kashmir. My copy of Coromandel Sea Change (Pan Macmillan 2013) includes a short non-fiction piece at the back called Summer Diary: The Herbogowan. It is undated. The only information provided is to be found on the title page, stating that … Continue reading Summer Diary: The Herbogowan | Rumer Godden #ReadingWeek2021
Rumer Godden Literary Trust Today, December 10, Rumer Godden would have celebrated her 114th birthday. To celebrate, I have pulled together a few well-known quotes attributed to Godden. For more photos, please click on the link to the Literary Trust above. On Writing: To me and my kind life itself is a story and we … Continue reading Happy Birthday Rumer!
Last month I feature a few of the prayer/poems from Carmen Bernos de Gasztold's collection called Prayers From the Ark. These simple French poems had been rediscovered by Rumer Godden and then translated into English during the 1960's. The second collection of poems, The Creatures' Choir (1965), errs more on the side of poetry than prayers. … Continue reading The Creatures’ Choir | Carmen Bernos De Gasztold #poetry
Saturday was change-over day at Patna Hall. For my inaugural Rumer Godden Reading Week, I chose Coromandel Sea Change, first published in 1991, as I was keen to read one of her novels set in India. This was her third last book before dying at age 90 in 1998. My edition comes with an Introduction … Continue reading Coromandel Sea Change | #RumerGoddenReadingWeek
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 … Continue reading Rumer Godden Reading Week is Here!
Bravo! And thank you one and all for all your stellar reading, reviewing and commenting throughout November. We've had well over 50 books read and reviewed, with many of you cleverly combining events by reading Australian novellas and Australian non-fiction. I'm afraid that my grand ideas for reading a BINGO card fell through once again. … Continue reading That’s a Wrap #AusReadingMonth2021
For those of you who know me well, you will know this is not my usual fare. But, I do like to research poems that have been used as epigraphs in the books I'm reading, or by authors I'm curious about. Obviously I am curious about all things Rumer Godden, at the moment. Rumer Godden … Continue reading Prieres Dans L’Archen | Prayer’s from the Ark #poems
Announcing Rumer Godden Reading Week! The 10th December is Rumer Godden's birthday. To celebrate, I will be hosting a Rumer Godden reading week from Saturday 4th December to Sunday 12th December 2021. Margaret Rumer Godden was born in 1907 in Sussex, but spent most of her childhood moving between India and boarding school back in … Continue reading Rumer Godden Reading Week #comingsoon