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Monday, 24 April 2017

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Laurie @ RelevantObscurity

How nice for someone like me who has just begun her first Elizabeth Goudge book (thanks to Lory and her Elizabeth Goudge Day) to find someone read her autobiography! I will definitely keep this in mind. What an interesting mind she had!

Helen

Hello Laurie and thank you so much for your comment! If you enjoy her novels at all, you will definitely enjoy this, it's just lovely.

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

You make me want to reread this lovely book - I'm thinking too that it would be marvelous if someone would republish it. Might give Slightly Foxed a poke to see if they would consider it.

Helen

What a great idea! I should think it would be right up Slightly Foxed's street.

Jenna @ Falling Letters

Like Laurie, I also just read my first Goudge book (The Little White Horse) for the EG Reading Day. This sounds like a lovely autobiography, the sort I might enjoy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Martina

I remember how much I enjoyed this biography because I just love Elizabeth Goudge and her view of the world - at the same time, I was a little disappointed at the lack of "hard facts" the modern mind obviously expects, mainly regarding her private life.
But, as you said, this is a different, much more discreet generation. And her way of being tactful reminds me of my beloved godmother who is 91 now. She is no relative, but a close friend of the family. She never married, but had (and still has!) a happy, fulfilled life.I know virtually nothing about her private (love) life, and I wouldn't ever dream of asking her - as I never would have asked Miss Goudge any too personal questions.It's somehow hard to accept, being born in a time where you talk about everything in public, but also sort of charming and mysterious...

Carol S

For many years Elizabeth Goudge was my semi-secret comfort reading and I bought every novel of hers I could find, usually battered hard backs. Finding them was always a matter of luck (car boots rather than charity shops) and I never had all her work. It is both a delight and somehow disconcerting to discover many others now enjoying her. For me there is a very female rhythm to her writing that maybe someone else also recognises and can explain (without ruining it). I have this autobiography tucked away somewhere, I've been saving it up for a rainy day but I think I must dig it out. Thank you for this review.

Helen

I'm sorry to take so long to reply to your comments! (I got married. !)

Jenna, The Little White Horse was the first EG I ever read and has a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoyed it too! Do track down a copy of The Joy of the Snow, especially if you enjoy reading about childhood at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Martina, I think there is absolutely room for a biography of EG that would include a lot of the material she chose to leave out. I completely understand why if she wasn't that keen to write her autobiography, she would choose to concentrate on the happy times in her life and retain her privacy. But yes, I felt a little frustrated too sometimes! Your godmother sounds lovely. :) I think there is definitely still a place for discretion in public life...

Carol, do you know I often feel the same about writers whom other people suddenly 'discover', 'delighted and disconcerted' is exactly right. I suppose that the older we get, the more it happens, as the cycle of obscurity and rediscovery and obscurity continues in a book's life... What an interesting point you make about the rhythm of her writing, I had never thought about that before though would agree that she does have a very female sensibility. I'll have to read some more... And The Joy of the Snow is ideal for a rainy day, just don't leave it too long!

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