Literary Blog Hop Giveaway: The Dean’s Watch

Posted April 3, 2015 by Lory in giveaways / 31 Comments


It’s time for the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway, hosted this month by My Book Self! It’s always such a pleasure to see the wonderful and generous offerings on everyone’s blogs.

This time, in anticipation of the upcoming Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week, I’m excited to be able to offer a brand-new copy of The Dean’s Watch, courtesy of Hendrickson Publishers. I’m so glad that thanks to Hendrickson, several of Goudge’s books (including the Eliot Family trilogy, which I’m reviewing next Friday) are back in print in attractive new paperback editions, and I hope to see more in the future. If you haven’t yet read this wonderful British author, here is a good place to start.

The Dean’s Watch is set in the late nineteenth century in an unnamed cathedral city, which is clearly based on Ely, one of Goudge’s beloved homes during her early life. With its towering presence above the flat fen country, the cathedral dominates the landscape and its history, and becomes a silent character in the story that Goudge weaves around it.

The human characters are equally enchanting: the master clockmaker with a troubled past, the Dean of the cathedral who with difficulty befriends him, and the relatives, friends and neighbors who surround them. In telling their story Goudge creates a rich tapestry of human experience: the joy of craft, the pain of misunderstanding, the hard-won treasure of selflessness. After living through these pages, you will feel that you too have made some very valuable friends, and shared their joys and sorrows.

Out of all her books, this is one of the three that Goudge herself said that she truly loved. Whether you’re the lucky winner or not, I do hope you will consider adding it to your list. And please return to ECBR from April 24 to 30, when we’ll be celebrating Elizabeth Goudge’s many-faceted works. Good luck! This giveaway ends at midnight on April 12, and is open internationally.

Here are links to the other blogs on the Hop. Don’t forget to visit them all!

Review and giveaway copy source: Paperbacks from publisher. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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31 responses to “Literary Blog Hop Giveaway: The Dean’s Watch

  1. KAS

    I've never read Elizabeth Goudge before, but as her excellent reputation precedes her, I am of course quite eager to do so ASAP. This giveaway is most opportune for my purposes in this respect — especially because you are a learned, experienced reader of this author's work and you have selected this novel with particular attention. Thanks for participating in the best book blog hop I've ever encountered! Cheers, Kara S

  2. How neat that these are being reprinted! I've only had access to the few tattered copies left at my library. Dean's Watch is not one of them and I've never read it.

  3. I too, am happy to hear some of the titles are being reprinted. I am not familiar with much of her work. Thanks for the chance to win Dean's Watch and the info that it was one of her own favorites.

  4. I'm delighted that her books are back in print – I see they are also offering them in ebook format. I'd love to duplicate my collection on Kindle, but ouch, the prices! I have most of the ones I love best in older hardcover editions, including The Dean's Watch, so I won't enter your generous giveaway – I'll let someone else discover Goudge for the first time, and wander happily through my own favorites!

    • You're lucky to have hardcover editions. I seldom come across any in my used-book hunts — the owners must be hanging on to them.

    • Her books are so very English, I'm sure you would enjoy experiencing them in the original language. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I am so happy that I can say I have heard of this author. I have not read many of her books, but I enjoyed the couple I read. This book looks very good!!!

  6. This author is new to me as well, but it sounds like a lovely book. An English town setting is all it takes to sway me! I like the beautiful light on the cover. Thanks for hosting.

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