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The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

The Great Godden

Meg Rosoff

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Bloomsbury YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 9 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781526620538

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.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
27 Jun 2020

"far too good to be monopolised by the teenage market"

Rosoff uses this not unconventional scene to discuss narcissistic personalities, sibling hierarchies and the ability for a short love affair to change the direction of a life and stay lodged in the heart for ever. The novel’s epigraph, William Blake’s line, “And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love”, sums up Rosoff’s mission. Unlike so many YA novels, which make love look like a walk in the skate park, Rosoff tells it like it is: disruptive, painful, indelible and requiring a tough hide. I can think of no better writer to break the news.


4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
28 Jun 2020

"This smart and humorous novel is, from the first sentence, rapture to read. "

A coming-of-age story for the unnamed narrator, the eldest of four skilfully characterised siblings, it is also an original take on teenage passion and an antidote to the clichés of young adult love stories. When a charismatic boy joins the party, two of the siblings fall for him. But this is not a romance: it is about manipulation, narcissism and how dangerous infatuation can be. Its warning rings true.