A candle for St. Jude

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Viking Press, 1948 - Fiction - 252 pages
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A novel describing a day in Madame Holbein's ballet school in London.

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Review: A Candle for St. Jude (Madame Holbein's #1)

User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

I didn't know this book existed until I reread Listen to the Nightingale and came online to rate it, at which point I noticed the series tag. I was surprised - in a good way - by A Candle for St. Jude ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pamela - Goodreads

I read this, and loved it, many years ago. As part of my on-going reappraisal of a number of much loved titles I saved this spring from recycling, I read it again. And, loved it even more! This book ... Read full review


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About the author (1948)

Margaret Rumer Godden was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Sussex, England. She was nine months old when her family moved to India, where her father ran a shipping line. She returned to London at age 20 to learn how to teach dance to children, and opened a school back in India. Returning to England while she was pregnant, she wrote her first book, "Chinese Puzzle," published in 1936. Her marriage to a stockbroker, Laurence Sinclair Foster, ended in 1941, leaving her penniless. In an effort to pay off her former husband's debts, Godden moved her family into a mountain cottage where she ran a school, made herbal teas for sale, and wrote books. Another novel of India, "The River," published in 1949, was one of her most acclaimed books and was made into a film by Jean Renoir in 1951. She returned to England to stay in 1945. Rumer Godden was the author of more than 60 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry, plays and non-fiction. She published her 21st novel, "Cromartie vs. the God Shiva," in 1997. Rumer Godden died a year later on November 8, 1998, in Thornhill, Scotland, at the age of 90.

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