Kingfishers Catch Fire by Rumer Godden

Kingfishers Catch Fire was published in 1953 and was ‘compounded of three years’ living, thinking and perhaps dreaming in Kashmir.’It is said to be Rumer Godden’s most autobiographical novel and if you’ve read anything of her life you can find similarities between that and parts of this story. It’s interesting that Godden took the first … Continue reading Kingfishers Catch Fire by Rumer Godden

Reading Europe: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958)

According to the author, The Greengage Summer is true, or at least partly so. In 1923, when Rumer Godden was fifteen years old and her elder sister Jon nearly eighteen, their mother announced,   “We are going to the Battlefields of France and when perhaps you see the rows and rows of crosses for those … Continue reading Reading Europe: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958)

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden (1969)

  In This House of Brede is a quiet sort of book; reflective and introspective but lively and interesting at the same time. Philippa Talbot is a successful career woman who joins an order of contemplative Benedictine nuns at the age of forty-two.Self-possessed, capable, used to giving orders and making decisions, she enters her new … Continue reading In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden (1969)

Book Reviews

My Pinterest Boards – It has links to books I’ve reviewed including those for AmblesideOnline books and other homeschooling books. If you are looking for specific book, author, or subject, try the search option on the sidebar. Reviews by Author Surname (in progress) Jane Austen Agatha Christie A.J. Cronin Charles Dickens A. Conan Doyle George … Continue reading Book Reviews