Rumer Godden (December 10, 1907 – November 8, 1998) was an British novelist and memoirist. She grew up and lived most her life in an area of India so secluded that writing was one of the only things to do. She moved back to England for periods of time, but inevitably ended up in India, where she wrote, ran a dance school, and grew and sold herbal teas.
Her emotional, funny, and energetic prose teetered on the edge between real life and fiction. Kingfishers Catch Fire, for instance, incorporated the true story of how two of her servants tried to poison her and her daughters. She wrote over 60 books in all different styles, nine of which were made into films; many are still read and relevant today. Her later work focused on the comparison and connections of religion and everyday human life.
- Gypsy, Gypsy
- The Doll’s House
- In This House of Brede
- Black Narcissus
- An Episode of Sparrows
- The Greengage Summer
- Kingfishers Catch Fire
Autobiographies and biographies
- Rumer Godden Literary Trust
- Reader discussions of Godden’s books on Goodreads
- Godden’s books on Amazon
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