Elizabeth Goudge

thebirdinthetreeI 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
1934 Island Magic 3.94
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
1949 Gentian Hill 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