The River by Rumer Godden
The River, hardback edition from Virago

You can’t stop days or rivers…

Harriet is between two worlds. Her sister is no longer a playmate, her brother is still a child.

The comforting rhythm of her Indian childhood – the noise of the jute works, the colourful festivals that accompany each season and the eternal ebb and flow of the river on its journey to Bay of Bengal – is about to be shattered.

She must learn how to reconcile the jagged edges of beginnings and ends…

“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”

“Compassionate wisdom and serene understanding . . . with each book she writes Miss Godden’s position as one of the finest of living English novelists becomes more secure”

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