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China Court: The Hours of a Country House
Rumer Godden

William Morrow & Co, 1993

For more than half a century, Rumer Godden has been known as "one of the finest and subtlest writers of our day" (Saturday Review). Now one of her most endearing classics is being reissued for a new generation of readers. China Court is the story of the hours and days of a country house in Wales and five generations of the family who inhabited it.
  
  











  



  
The Kitchen Madonna
Rumer Godden

Bethlehem Books, 2010

Marta is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night. Marta is always there; and the children, sensing her unhappiness, do not want her to go away. When they find out that Marta desires a good place in the kitchen, nine-year-old Gregory, with ...
  
  











  



  
A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep
Rumer Godden

William Morrow & Co, 1987
  
  











  



  
The Fairy Doll
Rumer Godden

Macmillan Children's Books, 2006
  
  











  



  
The Diddakoi
Rumer Godden

Viking, 1972

A diddakoi is a half-gypsy. But Kizzy feels like she is all gypsy. She doesn't fit in at school - the other children attack her and call her names. Still, she is happy living with her gran and old Joe, the caravan horse. When her gran dies, Kizzy turns to the Admiral for help.
  
  











  



  
In This House of Brede
Rumer Godden

Loyola Classics, 2005

“A novel of sensitive dedication.” — The Atlantic Monthly “Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing ‘the heart of holiness of the Church.’ It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle.” — America magazine This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who ...
  
  











  



  
The Doll's House
Rumer Godden

Puffin, 1976

From Rumer Godden, one of the foremost authors of the 20th century, and illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Tasha Tudor, comes a heartwarming tale filled with imagination and creativity that is ideal for any girl who has ever loved a doll so much that it has become real to her. For Tottie Plantaganet, a little wooden doll, belonging to Emily and Charlotte Dane is wonderful. The only thing missing is a dollhouse that Tottie and ...
  
  











  



  
The Mousewife
Rumer Godden

NYR Children's Collection, 2009

Day in and day out the dutiful mousewife works alongside her mousehusband in the house of Miss Barbara Wilkinson. It is a nice house and the mousewife is for the most part happy collecting crumbs and preparing a nest for her future mouse-babies—yet she yearns for something more. But what? Her husband, for one, can’t imagine. “I think about cheese,” he advises her. “Why don’t you think about cheese?” Then an odd and exotic new ...
  
  











  



  
The Story of Holly and Ivy
Rumer Godden

Viking Juvenile, 2006

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled ...
  
  











  



  
An Episode of Sparrows (New York Review Children's Collection)
Rumer Godden

NYR Children's Collection, 2004

A much-loved English novel reminiscent of The Secret Garden Someone has dug up the private garden in the square and taken buckets of dirt, and Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of boys from run-down Catford Street must be to blame. But Angela's sister Olivia isn't so sure. Olivia wonders why the neighborhood children—the “sparrows” she sometimes watches from the window of her house —have to be locked out ...
  
  











  



  
Coromandel Sea Change

Pan Books, 2011

Blaise and Mary arrive at Patna Hall, a hotel on India’s shimmering Coromandel coast, to spend part of their honeymoon. Patna Hall is as beautiful and timeless as India itself, ruled over firmly and wise by proprietor Auntie Sanni. For Mary it feels strangely like home. In a week that will change the young couple’s destiny, election fever grips the Southern Indian state and Mary falls under the spell of the people, the country – and ...
  
  











  



  
Shiva's Pigeons
Jon Godden, Rumer Godden

Studio, 1972

BRAND NEW
  
  











  



  
The Butterfly Lions: The Pekingese in History, Legend and Art
Rumer Godden

The Viking Press, 1978

The story of Lootie, a tiny morsel of life 'looted' from a Chinese palace at a culmination of the Opium War and given to Queen Victoria, is the starting point of Rumer Godden's enchanting story of the pekingese...the breed of dogs which combines the beauty and delicacy of the butterfly with the pride and nobility of the lion. Long greatly prized as the court dogs of the Chinese emperors, they were almost unknown in the West until the 19th C. and ...
  
  











  



  
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
Rumer Godden

HarperCollins Publishers, 2002

England is the last place Nona Fells wants to be. No one asked her if she wanted to leave sunny India to live in a chilly English village with her aunt's family -- and her cousin, Belinda, just hates her! But when two dainty Japanese dolls arrive at Nona's doorstep, everything begins to change. Like Nona, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower are lonely and homesick, so Nona decides to build them their own traditional Japanese house. Over time, not ...
  
  











  



  
Prayers from the Ark and The Creatures' Choir
Carmen Bernos De Gasztold

Penguin Books, 1976

A great read for any enthusiast.
  
  











  



  
Five for Sorrow Ten for Joy
Rumer Godden

Virago Press Ltd, 2013
  
  











  



  
Take Three Tenses: A Fugue in Time
Rumer Godden

Avon Books (Mm), 1980
  
  











  



  
A House With Four Rooms
Rumer Godden

William Morrow & Co, 1989

This is the second volume of Rumer Godden's autobiography, spanning the years 1945-77. The sequel to "A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep", this book looks at her life between the ages of 40 and 70. She is the author of "The Greengage Summer", "Black Narcissus", "The River" and "Thursday's Children".
  
  











  



  
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy
Rumer Godden

Viking Adult, 1979

“ Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy is about growth, choice, struggle, and the freedom of the soul that transcends the license of the body. It is about finding sin where we least expect it.” — Joan Chittister, from the introduction   This haunting tale of disgrace and redemption centers on Lise Fanshawe, a prostitute and brothel manager in postwar Paris who, while serving time in prison for killing a man, finds God. Lise is helped by ...
  
  











  



  
The Fairy Doll: & Other Tales from the Dolls' House
Rumer Godden

Pan Macmillan, 2012

Discover the secret life of dolls in this beautiful collection.
  
  











  








   



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