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The Great Godden (Hardback)
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The Great Godden (Hardback)

Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 09/07/2020

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Filled with the heat and illicit passion of long summer days, The Great Godden is a shimmering coming-of-age tale from the trailblazing Young Adult author.   

Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2020

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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526618511
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 334 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


This smart and humorous novel is, from the first sentence, rapture to read. Each paragraph is crafted with a joke, insight or observation that makes you eager for more - Sunday Times CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK

It wouldn’t be summer without a sun-drenched coming-of-age story, so beautifully realised in Meg Rosoff’s seductive and elegant The Great Godden. ... The heady nostalgia and sweet ache of first love and lost innocence recall classics such as Bonjour Tristesse - Observer, YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Rosoff brilliantly captures the loss of innocence on the cusp of adulthood in a dreamy, seductive coming-of-age story that echoes classics like I Capture the Castle - The Bookseller, Editor's Choice

A brilliant short book for someone looking for a thoughtful, impactful summer read… It sounds like it’s going to be the quintessential holiday romance but it’s so much more than that - Pandora Sykes, The High Low Podcast

... far too good to be monopolised by the teenage market. My advice: buy it for the young person in your life and then sneak off with it yourself - The Times CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK

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

Sophisticated, seductive and smoothly readable, this is a summer story par excellence, and a coming-of-age tale for all times - LoveReading4Kids

A wonderful, escapist coming of age novel - Suffolk Magazine

A classic summer, coming-of-age story, wonderfully done… Its hazy nostalgia tempered by a winning self-awareness, The Great Godden is a joyful, generous read - Novel of the Week, Sunday Telegraph

A touching coming-of-age novel that is perfect for summertime - Sunday Express S Magazine

A dreamy, atmospheric tale about love, sibling rivalry and family secrets - Irish Independent

As a coming of age story, it hits all the right notes when tackling frustrations, loneliness and sexuality during a turbulent time - Magic Radio Book Club

This brilliant, witty, very modern novel is the perfect summer coming of-age read... A perfectly-pitched look at adolescent loss of innocence, it balances dark manipulation with sharp humour - Daily Mail

Meg Rosoff returns with another astute and alluring YA tale, filled with intrigue, and the agony and humiliation of love. [...] The Great Godden is totally absorbing, be it in describing sibling hostility, or the effort required to conceal your feelings. Rosoff perfectly captures the endlessness of summer, and the prickling uneasiness of desire when it's tangled up in hope - Press Association

A study of narcissism, eternal adolescence and those indelible first loves - 20 children’s books for summer, The Times

Best known for the dreamy teenage cousin-romance How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff is a rare writer of young adult fiction who is also loved by grown-ups. The Great Godden is just as marvellous – a classic, summery, coming-of-age story about the confusion of adolescent lust - Daily Telegraph

A gift for apparently effortless prose usually betokens an author working long hours perfecting their craft. Meg Rosoff, whose latest novel further cements her place as a truly outstanding popular writer, is one such perfectionist - Books For Keeps

In this latest, it’s not just the believably jaded tone that makes an impact – it’s the way Rosoff balances it, expertly, with the vulnerability of first love (or lust) [...] It’s beautifully done, and a serious contender for the best YA novel of the year - Irish Times

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff assembles all the ingredients of a summer romance: an extended family, theatrical (and full of drama queens); a historic property; two American brothers, one golden and one dour — so far, so I Capture the Castle with a dash of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is as delicious as a warm, sandy beach and by all means let the waves of emotion slosh over you. - The Jewish Chronicle

Rosoff is the queen of the coming-of-age story ... The temperature rises both literally and metaphorically and an ill-starred romance has ramifications for everyone. Andrew Scott – the ‘hot priest’ from TV’s Fleabag – is an excellent choice as narrator; his languid delivery is perfect - The Mail on Sunday

A joyful, generous coming-of-age story - 50 Best Books of 2020, The Daily Telegraph

…far too good to be monopolised by the teenage market: stick this in your elder child’s stocking, then read it yourself - The Times

The Great Godden is a dreamy coming-of-age novel by Meg Rosoff, in which a family’s Arcadian summer by the sea is turned upside down by new arrivals. As with classics such as I Capture the Castle, this is a novel that will appeal to young and old alike - Sweet dreams guaranteed, The Daily Telegraph

Full of lies, lust, manipulation and the agony of being young - Daily Mail

far too good to be monopolised by the teenage market: stick this in your elder child’s stocking, then read it yourself - Best children’s books of the year 2020, The Times {Saturday Review}

a joyful, generous coming-of-age story - 50 Best Books of 2020, The Daily Telegraph

Rosoff’s impressionistic prose is all dappled light and salty waves, and her insight into the adolescent mind is peerless ... Teenagers and adults alike will swoon in its embrace - Literary Review

Rosoff’s dazzling, timeless novel is a delight - Independent

This mesmerising coming-of-age tale will have you hooked - Take a Break Magazine

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“The summer begins...”

The house is a summer place, picturesque and painted periwinkle blue. It has it’s charm. You can see the sea from nearly every window. Tradition dictates that the family descends here every summer. Sitting together... More

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“The summer love...”

Sun, sea, summer holiday and two brothers to unbalance the equilibrium of tranquility in two families. The story reminds me of “ I Captured the Castle by Dodie Smith but it is deliciously darker.

Meg Rosoff was able... More

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“An Amazing Coming of Age Story”

I read this in a day. One day.

I had read Rostoff’s How I Live Now before and thoroughly enjoyed it, so when I discovered she was releasing a new book, I had to get my hands on it. What surprised me at first was... More

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