The Great Godden: Rave reviews roll in for Meg Rosoff’s ‘irresistible’ new novel

Posted on 01/07/2020

Following the exciting news that Andrew Scott has recorded the audiobook, the picks of the week and stunning superlatives have started to arrive as the national papers get their hands on Meg Rosoff’s incredible new coming-of-age novel.

Adding to the Bookseller’s Pick it received last month, over the weekend it was highlighted as Children’s/YA Book of the Week in The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Observer, who called it “seductive and elegant”, “rapture to read”, and “so evocative of being on holiday it puts sand between your toes”.

But is it just for teenagers? Not according to the adults who read it.

Alex O’Connell’s advice in the Times was to “buy it for the young person in your life and then sneak off with it yourself”, christening it ” far too good to be monopolised by the teenage market”, and Fiona Noble in the Observer felt “the heady nostalgia and sweet ache of first love and lost innocence recall [adult] classics such as Bonjour Tristesse”.

Waterstones added to the hype around the book with a tweet calling it “shimmering” and “atmospheric”.




Audible (read by Andrew Scott)


This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer – the summer when everything changes. In a holiday house by the sea, in a big, messy family, one teenager watches as brothers and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding.

Enter the Goddens – irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there’s a serpent in this paradise – and the consequences will be devastating.

From bestselling, award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes a lyrical and quintessential coming-of-age tale – a summer book that’s as heady, timeless and irresistible as I Capture the Castle but as sharp and fresh as Normal People.