A House with Four Rooms

A House with Four Rooms

Rumer Godden


Autobiography, Non-fiction


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(Paperback with flaps | ISBN 9789387164543 | 352 pp + 16 pp photo insert | March 2018)


Rumer Godden’s follow-up to A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep—the evocative story of her childhood and adolescence in early twentieth-century India—A House with Four Rooms begins with her return to postwar England. With characteristic honesty, wit and elegance, Rumer describes the London of the 1950s and trying to make a living as a writer along with raising a family. Through her unwavering commitment to the pen and steadily growing fame, she paints a fascinating picture of the literary and film world that came to fete her. She tells stories of her many houses, and her quest for a room of her own.

She also recounts her travels to America, her time in India during the filming of The River with French director Jean Renoir, noting the presence of a young Satyajit Ray and almost falling prey to a misguided mob; the origins of her novels and their reception; and her relationship with James Haynes-Dixon, her second husband.

The record of an extraordinarily rich life keenly observed and brilliantly recorded, this autobiography is one to treasure.


‘The miniature in her books [contains], by reflection, the vastness of the world. This is surely the reason why her work has given so much pleasure to generations in many lands, and continues to do so.’—Anita Desai

‘A born storyteller, Godden continues… to parlay her memories, both personal and literary, into a saga that is at once winning and self-revealing.’ —The Washington Post

‘[A House with Four Rooms] is as elegantly structured, the characters as memorable, as if the memoir were actually a novel.’ —Los Angeles Times

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Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden (1907-1998) was an acclaimed author of over sixty books of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Many of her bestselling novels, including Black Narcissus and The River were made […]

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