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Editors Letter

I have  to confess to being in a “Christmas turmoil” myself. So many things demanding my attention all at once, that at times I felt like one of the Christmas baubles spinning in the drafts on a tree. But Elizabeth must have been keeping a benign eye on the season because I have been given a gift, an insight into how Elizabeth’s books gave “a vision of joy, a singing in the soul” to someone who needed their company. Anyone who has read Elizabeth’s work will know what I mean by companionship.

I received an email from Nancy Wolff  which I wanted to share with you all as an inspiring and uplifting Christmas Story.  She tells of her lifelong association with Elizabeth’s work, and how she followed her dreams and made them a reality. Click Here to Read

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and fulfilled New Year.




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.



This picture was kindly donated by
Sylvia Gower. It was given to her by Andrew Harwood and  shows Elizabeth Goudge
seated on Froniga's Well in her Garden
at Rose Cottage

'Guest Article  
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The months Guest Article is taken from a BBC interview which Elizabeth gave in 1974.

I would like to thank all those kind people who continue to support the web site, making it possible to tell others about the work of this remarkable author, who continues to speak to us and the generations that follow.

Deborah Gaudin

Goudge Talk
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Goudge Talk is the part of site where you the visitors and readers can have your say and ask questions on Elizabeth's work. We are always looking for short articles on Elizabeth, and if you have visited somewhere that Elizabeth wrote about we would love to share your experience and thoughts. Photographs are welcome too. Please send as an attachment to your email.



Watch out for new articles in future months.

Please revisit this site for current updates and work in progress.

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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.


A glimpse through a window revealing a Rose Cottage interior.


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