Author: Elizabeth Goudge

Towers in the Mist

Posted April 23, 2017 by Lory in events / 12 Comments
Towers in the Mist

Elizabeth Goudge, Towers in the Mist (1937) This book is offered in a giveaway open through April 26. Click the link to enter! Oxford has changed much in the eighty years since Elizabeth Goudge lived there, and even more since the sixteenth century. Yet it still bears within it the weight of its long history, […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Day: The Rosemary Tree

Posted April 24, 2016 by Lory in events, reviews / 16 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Day: The Rosemary Tree

Elizabeth Goudge was born on this day in 1900, and went on to write many beloved novels that are still read today. In her honor I’ve invited anyone who is so inclined to read and post about one of her books. You’ll find my review below, and I’ll be posting a round-up in a few […]

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Of Islands and Idylls: Two by Elizabeth Goudge

Posted March 4, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Of Islands and Idylls: Two by Elizabeth Goudge

Elizabeth Goudge, Green Dolphin Street (1944) Elizabeth Goudge, The Child from the Sea (1970) As regular readers of this blog will be aware, I’m a longtime fan of Elizabeth Goudge, whose books have accompanied me from childhood into middle age with unabated pleasure. I realize she’s not to everyone’s taste, with her strong religious themes […]

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Once Upon a Time: The Valley of Song

Posted June 19, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
Once Upon a Time: The Valley of Song

Elizabeth Goudge, The Valley of Song (1951) Many classic children’s fantasies involve finding a hidden country through a secret door, a theme that is connected with the mysterious land we enter during sleep, before birth and after death. From Wonderland to the country at the back of the North Wind to Oz to Narnia, these […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: Island Magic (Guest post)

Posted April 30, 2015 by Lory in guest posts / 4 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: Island Magic (Guest post)

Readers of Charlotte’s Library know that Charlotte usually (but not exclusively) focuses on middle-grade speculative fiction, with a handy weekly round-up of blog posts in that genre, as well as thorough and thoughtful reviews. Here she takes us in a slightly different direction, with a journey from her childhood reading into her adult experience of […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: A Visit to Torminster (with Giveaway!)

Posted April 26, 2015 by Lory in giveaways / 19 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: A Visit to Torminster (with Giveaway!)

One of my favorite fictional places to visit is Torminster, Elizabeth Goudge’s version of her birthplace, Wells in Somerset. It’s like Barchester without the cynicism, or Cranford with a poetic and mystical touch. Centered around the Close that surrounds its beautiful cathedral, populated by an enchanting set of characters young and old, saintly and not-so, […]

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Houses of Healing: The Eliot Family Trilogy

Posted April 10, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Houses of Healing: The Eliot Family Trilogy

In just two weeks, I’ll be hosting Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week, a chance to celebrate one of my favorite authors. I hope you’ll join us by picking up one of her beautiful and magical stories, or just stopping by to read others’ thoughts. Please have a look at the main event page for more information, […]

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A Christmas Gift: I Saw Three Ships

Posted December 15, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
A Christmas Gift: I Saw Three Ships

Elizabeth Goudge, I Saw Three Ships (1969)   Just in time for Christmas, the wonderful folks at David R. Godine, Publisher have reprinted their edition of Elizabeth Goudge’s story I Saw Three Ships. In this brief tale set in the West Country of England a couple of centuries ago, we are introduced to the irrepressible […]

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