The Greengage Summer

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Pan, 1993 - Fiction - 186 pages
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The faded elegance of Les Oeillets, with its bullet-scarred staircase and serene garden bounded by high walls; Eliot, the charming Englishman who became the children’s guardian while their mother lay ill in hospital; sophisticated Mademoiselle Zizi, hotel patronne, and Eliot’s devoted lover; 16 year old Joss, the oldest Grey girl, suddenly, achingly beautiful. And the Marne river flowing silent and slow beyond them all . . .

They would merge together in a gold-green summer of discovery, until the fruit rotted on the trees and cold seeped into their bones . . .

The Greengage Summer is Rumer Godden’s tense, evocative portrait of love and deceit in the Champagne country of the Marne – which became a memorable film starring Kenneth More and Susannah York. In the preface, Rumer Godden explains how it came to be written.

‘An exciting tale, this novel has both charm and atmosphere, and Miss Godden recaptures with an easy unsentimental naturalness the unfocused vision of adolescence’ Evening Standard

‘One of the finest English novelists’ Orville Prescott

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User Review  - Girl with her Head in a Book - Goodreads

I have very dim memories of the BBC television series The Dolls' House which aired during my early childhood, then I read Rumer Godden's book upon which it was based when I was nine - this was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Jones - Goodreads

Rumer is one of my favorite authors and this is one of the best books I've ready by her. Set in France in the 50's, it's a coming of age novel about a 13 year old Egnlish girl and her older sister who ... Read full review

About the author (1993)

Rumer Godden was one of Britain's most distinguished authors, with many justly famous and much-loved books for both adults and children to her credit, including The River, Black Narcissus, The Peacock Spring and Coromandel Sea Change. She was awarded the OBE in 1993 and died in 1998, aged ninety.

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