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China Court

A Virago Modern Classic
  • Author
    • Rumer Godden
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By the author of Black Narcissus and The River

'Godden was a writer who constantly drew on her own life experiences' ROSIE THOMAS, GUARDIAN

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

'It has the rare illusive charm, the flashes of wit' KIRKUS REVIEWS

Tracy Quinn, daughter of a screen star and raised on film sets around the world, returns to her adored family home, a country house named China Court. Her grandmother's recent death has set in motion events that threaten Tracy's future and the very existence of China Court. As Tracy fights to save the old house, inhabited by five generations of Quinns, the ancestors who created it are evoked: profligate, faithless Jared; Eliza, the embittered spinster; and Ripsie, an outcast orphan who rose to become the powerful matriarch.

China Court is the story of the hours and days of a country house in Cornwall and five generations of the family who inhabited it.

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  • Published: Feb 07 2013
  • Pages: 352
  • 131 x 200mm
  • ISBN: 9781844088553
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Press Reviews

  • New York Times
    Her craftsmanship is always sure; her understanding of character is compassionate and profound; her prose is pure, delicate, and gently witty
  • Kirkus Reviews
    It has the rare illusive charm, the flashes of wit, the sometimes cruel penetration of character that is Rumer Godden
  • Los Angeles Times
    Her acceptance allows the novel to end on a note of considerable drama, a transition accomplished so subtly that surprise is virtually guaranteed
  • Rosie Thomas

    Godden was a writer who constantly drew on her own life experiences, frugally mixing and recasting the elements to give them fresh significance, but always relating her work back to the people, places, human passions and frailties that she knew and understood best