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Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden, author. Decorated Order British Empire.


  • Godden, Rumer was born on December 10, 1907. Daughter of Arthur Leigh and Katherine Norah (Hingley) Godden.

  • Works

    • The Greengage Summer
    • 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.
    • An Episode of Sparrows (New York Review Children's Collection)
    • 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.
    • The Lady and the Unicorn: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC)
    • In a crumbling Calcutta mansion, with faded frescos and a jasmine-covered garden, the Lemarchant family live, clinging to the fringes of respectability: neither Indian nor English, they are accepted by no one and exploited by all.


    • Married Lawrence Sinclair Foster, 1934. 2 children; married James Haynes Dixon, 1949 (deceased 1973).
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    Born December 10, 1907