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Rumer Godden

(1907-1998), Novelist, autobiographer and children's writer

(Margaret) Rumer Godden

Sitter in 5 portraits
Novelist, poet and children's author. Born in Sussex, Godden's upbringing in India heavily influenced her writing. She was prolific and many of her novels have been adapted for film and television, most notably Black Narcissus (1939), a psychological drama about a convent in the Himalayas, and The Greengage Summer(1958). Her children's book The Diddakoi won the Whitbread Award in 1972.

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Rumer Godden, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88211

Rumer Godden

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1958
NPG x88211

Rumer Godden, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x16456

Rumer Godden

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 10 February 1970
NPG x16456

Rumer Godden, by Jillian Edelstein - NPG x45375

Rumer Godden

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x45375

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Rumer Godden

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, June 1958
NPG x16457

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Jude Awdry

28 December 2020, 16:05

Rumer Godden lived in Speen, Buckinghamshire where I have lived for 38 years. There is a photo of her with her daughters, Jane and Paula, taken in 1949 at their house The Old House in a book titled The Leaves of Time. She references Speen in her autobiographical work A House with Four Rooms.

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