In a month and a day, I’ll be hosting Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week, a celebration of an author who is beloved by many readers but who hasn’t to my knowledge received this kind of attention in the blogophere. I do hope you will join us! Please feel free to grab the button and spread the word, and do hop over to the main event page (linked above) to let us know your plans.
From 1934 to 1970, Goudge published historical fiction, children’s books, contemporary novels, and short stories that share richly developed settings and characters, a fine and generous sense of humor, a love of beauty in nature and art, and a spiritual and philosophical view of life that is not one-sided or dogmatic, but rooted in that deep love of humanity that to me is the true “Christianity.” While Goudge herself would be the first to note that her works are not perfect, the understanding of both joy and suffering that they embody has endeared them to many.
So what will be happening at ECBR during the week? Starting on Elizabeth Goudge’s birthday, April 24 (a nativity shared by Anthony Trollope, no less), we’ll have several guest posts courtesy of the lovely bloggers at Fleur in Her World, Shelf Love, and Charlotte’s Library. There will be a fun quiz to test our knowledge of all things EG, which I’m putting together with the help of Jean from Howling Frog Books. There will be a giveaway or two, thanks to some of the splendid publishers who are keeping Goudge’s books in print. And I’ll be reading and posting something as well — I’m just not sure which book(s) to choose yet. . .
In the coming weeks, I’ll be also be doing some additional posts and a giveaway in anticipation of the Reading Week. I hope that all this activity will get you excited about reading or re-reading some of Elizabeth Goudge’s books, and that you will share any posts (or Goodreads reviews, etc.) that you do — I will create a round-up post at the end to collect all the links in one place.
In the meantime, here are some reviews to sample, featuring our generous and talented guest bloggers. Happy reading!
At Shelf Love:
A City of Bells
At Charlotte’s Library:
The Valley of Song