The Great Godden

by Meg Rosoff
Recommended age: teen
The Great Godden
by Meg Rosoff

A family is staying at a holiday home on the coast. Siblings and cousins, parents and friends, they're full of expectation and excitement for the summer together. There is a wedding to plan, and the added excitement of more guests - two brothers, the charismatic Kit and insolent Hugo.

While this is a slim book, sparsely and simply written, it is deceptively so, being wonderfully and beautifully evocative of summer, holidays, family and adolescence. It feels luxuriant and indulgent to read and, on finishing, I wanted immediately to turn back to the beginning.

It reminded me of Dodie Smith's 'I Capture the Castle' (one of my favourite books) and 'We Were Liars' by E Lockhart, with a flavour of both the Suffolk coast and Martha's Vineyard?!

The audio book is read by actor Andrew Scott.

Take a look at my conversation with Meg about this book and her writing career here.

 

 

Review date: April 2020
Publication date: 9th July 2020