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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 ...


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 ...


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 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 ...


Prayers from the Ark
Carmen Bernos de Gasztold

Viking Adult, 1992

These prayers were first published, in French, in 1947 by a private press. Rumer Godden discovered a volume of them and translated them into English. The poem-prayers are at once reverent, humorous, realistic and concise.


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 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 ...


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 ...


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

Pan Macmillan, 2012

Discover the secret life of dolls in this beautiful collection.


A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep
Rumer Godden

William Morrow & Co, 1987

Book by Godden, Rumer


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

Pan Macmillan, 2014

Discover the secret life of dolls in this magical collection of seven stories by a celebrated children's writer Dolls cannot tell you anything, but often their wish is as strong as telling. Have you ever felt a doll’s wish? This wonderful classic edition contains some of Rumer Godden's best-loved stories, including The Dolls' House, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Little Plum, The Fairy Doll, The Story of Holly & Ivy, Candy Floss, ...


Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy (Loyola Classics)
Rumer Godden

Loyola Classics, 2007

“ 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 ...


Black Narcissus (VMC)
Rumer Godden

Virago Press, 2013

The basis for Powell & Pressburger's Academy Award-winning 1947 film, Rumer Goddens much admired classic novel tells the story of a sisterhood of nuns on a mission in Himalayan India.


Impunity Jane
Rumer Godden

Viking, 1954

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

Penguin Books, 1976

A great read for any enthusiast.


The Peacock Spring
Rumer Godden

Pan Books, 1998

Una and her younger sister Hal have been abruptly summoned to live in New Delhi by their diplomat father Sir Edward Gwithiam. From the first meeting with their new tutor and companion, the beautiful Eurasian Alix Lamont, Una senses a hidden motive to their presence. But through the pain of the months to come, the poetry and logic of India do not leave Una untouched. And it begins with the feather, a promise of something genuine and precious ...


Junior Great Books: Series 3, 2nd Semester, book one

Great Books Foundation, 1992

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Little Plum
Rumer Godden

Viking Press, 1963

A piercing scream came from the garden. Belinda, inching across the ladder fourteen feet above the garden, froze. She couldn't go forward. She couldn't go back. Cold drops came out on her forehead. She swayed. "I'm - I'm going to fall," she said.



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