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Treat in Store for Goudge Fans!
Just in time for Christmas, the specialist publishers “Girls Gone By” have published an edition of “Henrietta’s House” A story to be handed down the generations, from Mother to daughter, aunt to niece, friend to friend.
In it‘s pages we follow the adventures of Henrietta and her family and friends, who live in the cathedral city of Wells during the Edwardian era. A time when the city and the surrounding hills and countryside seemed a place set apart from the rest of the world.
Elizabeth spent her own childhood here and she lends an intimacy to a place and way of life she knew well.
For an in depth look at the novel and the people and places that inspired it, go to the article “Henrietta’s House in Goudge Talk. Enjoy re-reading this classic tale.
To order go to :-http://www.ggbp.co.uk.
Back in November last year, I was contacted by a couple who had had a remarkable relationship with Elizabeth and Jessie, visiting them many times at Rose Cottage. They took their children with them, who were shown the Little Things and all the treasures of their home and garden.
Peter and Sally also gave me the chance to hear Elizabeth speak for the first time. They sent me a recording of an interview undertaken by the BBC in 1974 with Elizabeth at home in Rose Cottage. It is an intriguing glimpse into Elizabeth's world. It was not an interview about her work but more of a Homes & Garden wander through their domain. So this editions article is based on the radio programme they kindly sent me.
The Radio 4 series Open Book ,Thursday’s 15.30 pm, had as part of the 4th April’s episode, the novelist and critic Amanda Craig talking about the novel that won't be prised off her book-shelf for love nor money: “Henrietta's House” by Elizabeth Goudge. It is so rare that any of Elizabeth's novels beyond “The Little White Horse” get an airing that this was a delightful surprise, well worth finding on iplayer if you missed it.
Unfortunately we were unable to publish the new web site before Elizabeth's birthday in April as planned, due to technical difficulties. But we hope that this new edition will be informative and enjoyable.
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This site is being set up and run with the help and cooperation of some of the people who have grown to love the talented shy author of a collection of literary gems, most of which go unnoticed by the mass of society today. This she would accept with a humble gratitude, content with the success she achieved in her lifetime.
“This site has been established with the support of the Trustees of Elizabeth's Estate. The content of the site is, however, the sole responsibility of its contributors.” Mark Dutton.
I hope that this site will to a large extent, be fan based and led. Let me have any ideas that you have about what you would like to see on this site.
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