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The Great Godden

Meg Rosoff



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04 August 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- As long as they can remember, the narrator's family have spent summer at the coast in an impractical house built by their Victorian ancestor. It's a mad whirl of activity and freedom, spent with adult cousins; but one summer the Godden boys are dumped in their midst - sullen Hugo and irresistible Kit - and everything changes. Kit charms everyone, and the narrator (un-named, and gender unspecified) is not the only person to fall madly in love with him. As the holiday unfolds, the family dynamics shift and the golden boy turns out to have a very black heart indeed… A finely told coming-of-age novel with a captivating voice; I enjoyed this very much indeed! Lindy Jones

This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer - the summer when everything changes. In a holiday house by the sea, in a big, messy family, one teenager watches as brothers and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding.

Enter the Goddens - irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there's a serpent in this paradise - and the consequences will be devastating.

From bestselling, award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes a lyrical and quintessential coming-of-age tale - a summer book that's as heady, timeless and irresistible as Bonjour Tristesse and I Capture the Castle but as sharp and fresh as Normal People.
By:   Meg Rosoff
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   244g
ISBN:   9781526620538
ISBN 10:   1526620537
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   04 August 2020
Recommended Age:   From 12 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Meg Rosoff grew up in a suburb of Boston and moved to London in 1989. She spent fifteen years working in advertising before writing her first novel, How I Live Now, which has sold over one million copies in thirty-six territories. She has written six young adult novels and one for adults, Jonathan Unleashed, and a middle-grade series about a dog called McTavish, who rescues a chaotic family. Meg lives in London with her husband and two dogs.

Reviews for The Great Godden

A wonderful, captivating writer * Daily Telegraph * Meg Rosoff has the gift of being able to talk to the reader with a directness that goes like an arrow to the heart * The Times * No one writes the way Rosoff does - as if she's thrown away the rules. I love her fizzy honesty, her pluck, her way of untangling emotion through words * Daily Telegraph * It is only occasionally that a writer comes along with a voice so stridently pure and direct and funny that you simply can't question it - you tumble willingly into its thrall -- Julie Myerson * Guardian * A wonderfully original voice * New Statesman * A magical and utterly faultless voice * Mark Haddon * Searingly well written, her books read like Samuel Beckett on Ecstasy * The Times * Like Ephron, Rosoff has a lightness of touch, and is also a clever comic writer: her dialogue is sharp, her characters keenly observed and ruthlessly well realised * The Sunday Times * The perfect read for an afternoon by the sea * NetGalley user * An irresistible summer read * NetGalley reviewer * I have never connected with a book so quickly. The atmosphere and the heady setting of summer and nostalgic longing was enticing from the first page... my heart was swept away with this book * NetGalley reviewer * I genuinely couldn't put it down * NetGalley reviewer * A thoroughly captivating read that reels you in and won't let you go * NetGalley Reviewer *

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