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Rumer Godden

A classic author loved by generations

New to the Virago Modern Classic list

Virago is proud to present Rumer Godden. Loved by generations, she was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction both for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir.

‘One of the best and most captivating novelists’
Philip Hensher

Complete with stunning jackets, these books are a real treasure for the bookshelf.  Extracts are available for Black Narcissus, Kingfishers Catch Fire and Breakfast with the Nikolides.

'Godden is a master storyteller, a genius at conveying a sense of place’
Observer

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Black Narcissus

By Rumer Godden
The basis for Powell & Pressburger's Academy Award-winning 1947 film, Rumer Godden's much-admired classic novel tells the story of a sisterhood of nuns on a mission in Himalayan India.

High in the Himalayas near Darjeeling, the old mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. When it was the General's 'harem' palace, richly dressed ladies wandered the windswept terraces; at night, music floated out over the villages and gorges. Now, the General's son has bestowed it on an order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary.

Well-intentioned yet misguided, the nuns set about taming the gardens and opening a school and dispensary for the villagers. They are dependent on the local English agent of Empire, Mr Dean; but his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. And the implacable emptiness of the mountain, the ceaseless winds, exact a toll on the Sisters.When Mr Dean says bluntly, 'This is no place for a nunnery,' it is as if he foresees their destiny...

Rumer Godden (1907-98) was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir. She was appointed OBE in 1993Rumer Godden is a major new addition to the Virago Modern Classics - we will bring 15 of her novels for adults and young readers back into print in 2012-14.Introduced by Rosie Thomas, bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl.
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Kingfishers Catch Fire

By Rumer Godden
Rumer Godden's classic novel tells the story of a young English woman's dramatic and disturbing experiences in Himalayan Kashmir.Sophie, an English ing?nue with two children, arrives in Himalayan Kashmir to set up home in a tumbledown cottage surrounded by flowers and herbs. Settling down to live quietly, frugally and peacefully with her new neighbours, she is unaware of the turmoil her arrival provokes as the villagers compete fiercely for her patronage. Sophie's cook makes a drastic bid to secure his position, and the unwanted consequences are catastrophic . . .Rumer Godden (1907-98) was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir. She was appointed OBE in 1993.Rumer Godden is a major new addition to the Virago Modern Classics - we will bring 15 titles for adults and younger readers back into print in 2012-14.Introduced by Rosie Thomas, bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl.
Virago

Breakfast with the Nikolides

By Rumer Godden
Rumer Godden's coming-of-age story set in post-colonial East Bengal is a vivid and haunting classic.For Emily Pool, India is a magical place where she has the freedom to escape her mother's suffocating influence. Her days are spent exploring the canals and gardens of East Bengal, and admiringly observing her glamorous, dignified neighbours, the Nikolides. But just as the cracks in Emily's family home are papered over, so do the Pools strive to maintain an outward impression of respectability, and it is through the Nikolides that Emily is exposed to a world of adult deceit and attrition. And when her beloved dog dies, the event forces a confrontation and reveals to Emily that nothing in the town is quite as it seems . . .Rumer Godden (1907-98) was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir. She was appointed OBE in 1993.Rumer Godden is a major addition to the Virago Modern Classics - we will publish 15 of her titles for adults and younger readers in beautiful new editions in 2012-14.Introduced by Rosie Thomas, bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl.Rumer Godden's novels have legions of devoted readers, and will be loved by fans of e.g. Jane Gardam too.