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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844088416

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By the bestselling author of Black Narcissus and The Battle of the Villa Fiorita

The River will make you laugh, make you cry and, in its way, change you forever’ JULIE MYERSON

‘Her prose is pure, delicate, and gently witty’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘Bold, beautiful . . . everyone’s appetites will be satisfied’ ELLE

The River is Rumer Godden’s beautiful tribute to India and childhood, made into a film by Jean Renoir. And in a preface for this novel she explains how the classic tale came to be written.

Harriet is caught between two worlds: her older sister is no longer a playmate, her brother is still a little boy. And the comforting rhythm of her Indian childhood – the sounds of the jute factory, the colourful festivals that accompany each season and the eternal ebb and flow of the river on its journey to the Bay of Bengal – is about to be shattered by a tragic event.

Intense, vivid, and with a dark undertow, The River is a poignant portrait of the loss of a young girl’s innocence.

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The grace, the fragility, associated with Rumer Godden, again most evident in this new book
Kirkus Reviews
[Godden's] distinctive, poised and unsentimental books have never lost a shred of their almost hypnotic appeal
Rosie Thomas, Guardian
Compassionate wisdom and serene understanding . . . with each book she writes Miss Godden's position as one of the finest of English novelists becomes more secure
Orville Prescott
A small masterpiece, a near perfect account of how childhood has to come to an end and the serpent must enter the garden . . . In The River she celebrates a passion for the people, colours, sounds and even the smells of India . . . She evokes, in simple, flawless prose, a young girl's first encounters with jealousy, sex, guilt and death
Anne Chisholm, Spectator
So intense, so quietly demanding of attention, that at the time there will be nothing in your thoughts but a small girl in India, and the people and places that were her world
Saturday Review
Her craftsmanship is always sure; her understanding of character is compassionate and profound; her prose is pure, delicate, and gently witty
New York Times
Bold, beautiful . . . everyone's appetites will be satisfied
The River will make you laugh, make you cry and, in its way, change you forever
Julie Myerson