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Book Title: The Joy of Snow|
The author of the book: Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN 13: 9780698106055
Edition: Penguin Adult Hc/Tr
Date of issue: July 8th 1974
Format files: PDF
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Elizabeth Goudge is one of those authors who can really impact your life. Not by teaching you anything or by forcing you to learn what she's got to say, but, if you're listening, you'll hear a gentle, wise voice sharing her story with you. And this, her autobiography, runs true to form. She never insists upon anything. Although she's a firm, committed Christian she never, never thinks she's got it all. Her humility isn't that smarmy, annoying "Oh, li'l ol' me doesn't know a thing" kind, but a deeply rooted sense of her human limitations. Oh, if only we all had that within how much kinder this world would be!
But more than just a sweet soul, she's also a powerful writer. I don't think I've ever read anyone with a better grasp of what it means to be a child. Or a dog. Her descriptive powers are enough to make you smell the sea, see those gulls flying and hear them screeching. She has a knack of pulling you right into wherever she is. And I dearly love her for that.
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Read information about the authorElizabeth Goudge was an English author of romance novels, short stories and children's books.
Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on 24 April 1900 in the cathedral city of Wells, she moved with her family to Ely when her father, a clergyman, was transferred there. When her father, Henry Leighton Goudge, was made Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, the family left Ely and went to Christ Church, Oxford.
Goudge's first book, The Fairies' Baby and Other Stories (1919), was a failure and it was several years before she authored Island Magic (1934), which is based on Channel Island stories, many of which she had learned from her mother, who was from Guernsey.
Goudge was awarded the Carnegie Medal for The Little White Horse (1946), the book which J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter stories, has said was her favorite as a child. The television mini-series Moonacre was based on The Little White Horse. Her Green Dolphin Country (1944) was made into a film (under its American title, Green Dolphin Street) which won the Academy Award for Special Effects in 1948.
A Diary of Prayer (1966) was one of Goudge's last works. She spent her last years in her cottage on Peppard Common, just outside Henley-on-Thames, where a blue plaque was unveiled in 2008.
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