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

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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 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


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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' - The Sunday Times

'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

'A wonderful, captivating writer' - The 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' - The 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, The Guardian 

'A wonderfully original voice' - The 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 

'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' - The Sunday Telegraph 

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

'A dreamy, atmospheric tale about love, sibling rivalry and family secrets' - The 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' - The Daily Mail 

'A study of narcissism, eternal adolescence and those indelible first loves'  - The Times

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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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