I have lots of favourite authors, but if I had to choose one, it would be, without doubt, Elizabeth Goudge (1900 – 1984). Goudge was a prolific writer and wrote fiction for children and adults, biographies, short stories, books of prayer and other faith writings, songs and poetry….well over 50 publications. She was enormously popular in the mid-20th century, but is relatively unknown now. Goudge fans, however, are a noisy bunch and we’re sharing our love of her very special stories!
Her writing is beautiful and she had a clear grasp of human nature. Her Christian principles were weaved through each story, but never in a self-righteous or ‘preachy’ way. Her books are an antidote to the topsy-turvy world we’re living in today.
If you’d like to read more about Goudge, the Elizabeth Goudge Society has an excellent biography on their website.
Below are a few of her books that I’m reading.
|Torminster – Series||GR rating|
|1936||A City of Bells (The Cathedral Trilogy)||4.22|
|1939||The Sister of the Angels||4.07|
|1942||The Blue Hills||4.06|
|Eliots of Damerosehay – Series||GR rating|
|1940||The Bird in the Tree||4.17|
|1948||Pilgrim’s Inn / The Herb of Grace||4.32|
|1951||The Heart of the Family||4.18|
|Standalone Titles||GR rate|
|1935||The Middle Window||3.65|
|1937||Towers in the Mist (The Cathedral Trilogy)||3.96|
|1941||The Castle on the Hill||3.97|
|1941||The Well of the Star||4.00|
|1944||Green Dolphin Street / Green Dolphin Country||4.19|
|1946||The Little White Horse||4.09|
|1951||The Rosemary Tree||4.11|
|1951||The Valley of Song||4.30|
|1952||The White Witch||4.01|
|1960||The Dean’s Watch (The Cathedral Trilogy)||4.40|
|1963||The Scent of Water||4.16|
|1964||Linnets and Valerians||4.16|
|1967||A Christmas Book||4.00|
|1967||A Book of Peace||4.09|
|1969||I Saw Three Ships||4.02|
|1970||The Child from the Sea||3.99|
|1971||The Lost Angel||3.81|
|1974||The Joy of Snow||4.06|