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Gentian Hill Paperback – 10 Dec 1992

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New impression edition (10 Dec. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340008555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340008553
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on April 24th 1900 in Wells, Somerset, where her father was Principal of Wells Theological College. Although she had privately intended writing as a career, her parents insisted she taught handicrafts in Oxford. She began writing in her spare time and her first novel ISLAND MAGIC, set in Guernsey, was a great success here and in America. GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY (1944) projected her to fame, netting a Literary Guild Award and a special prize of £30,000 from Louis B. Mayer of MGM before being filmed.

In her later years Elizabeth Goudge settled in Henley-on-Thames. She died on April 1st, 1984.


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This novel tells the story of a small girl growing up in Napoleonic Britain, and how she makes two very significant friendships which change her life forever. The girl learns of a mystery to her past which leads to the unfolding of this remarkable story. It is a challenging tale, as despite the romantic setting of high seas and idyllic countryside, it reveals the harsh lessons we sometimes have to learn in life through the struggles and disappointments we face as we grow up. Elizabeth Goudge creates absolutely solid characters and writes a brilliant tale which encompasses all of lifes' tragedies, heartaches, surprises and joys.
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Goudge in the Time of Nelson and Napoleon

In a Note at the start of "Gentian Hill", Elizabeth Goudge explains that this novel is a retelling of the legend of St Michael's Chapel at Torquay, on the south-west coast of England. The chapel was a place of pilgrimage for any Roman Catholic sailors whose boats anchored in Torbay. She briefly names a village, and a nearby hill which are used, with fictional names, as key locations in the novel. From shreds of place, history, and legend, Goudge creates a vast tapestry of character, events, and epic, romantic themes.

A young Catholic English aristocrat, Anthony, orphaned by the guillotines of the French Revolution, raised too delicately by a doting grandmother, sent to be a midshipman in the Royal Navy, deserts his ship, and takes on a new identity, Zachary, near Gentian Hill.

A younger girl, Stella, orphaned by a ship-board explosion at Plymouth, and raised by a country farming couple, wears a locket, with a handwritten Shakespearean quote.

Boy meets girl. Things are not what they seem. There are dark forces haunting them, and mid-way through the story, the boy is revealed to be a deserter. He returns to the Navy, and eventually fights at the Battle of Trafalgar. Stella has a second-sense, and in a vision is present with Anthony-Zachary during the battle.

Much else happens. There is a local kind-hearted doctor, a parish Anglican priest, a Catholic Abbe, with a dark sorrow of his own.

All of these rich threads weave steadily together: the teenage love matures into adult marriage, and the revelations of lost identities and connections. As is so often the case with Goudge's novels, the astute reader can guess what will happen.
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I loved this booked when I was young and still do. Wonderfully atmospheric descriptions to set the scenes on a sweeping canvas. Knowing how special the story was to me, the lady who was my surrogate grandma, with love for my birthday present, put everything together to replicate the sewing box and its contents as described in the story and I still have it today. I also have lavender and rosemary bushes planted in my garden. I have a precious hardback of the book and a worn out paperback. I'd like a Kindle version now!
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This is not a hi-brow book but one exceedingly well written and delightful. It is beguiling and charming and perfect for a winter's evening by a log fire. A little bit of old-fashioned writing that is well worth reading. Elizabeth Goudge is, sadly, a forgotten author in this more brash and fast-paced world. I subsequently purchased Elizabeth Goudge's biography and that, too, is well worth while.
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