10% off all books and free delivery over £40
Buy from our bookstore and 25% of the cover price will be given to a school of your choice to buy more books. *15% of eBooks.

The Great Godden

"Summer love, lust and loyalties tangle in this piercingly powerful coming-of-age story"

View All Editions

£7.99 £7.19

In Stock. Same day dispatch on orders before 3pm.

Add To Wishlist
Write A Review Read An Extract

LoveReading Says

LoveReading Says

With characteristic vision and grace Meg Rosoff has done it again in this exquisite novel that merits a place alongside I Capture the CastleBonjour Tristesse and The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) for its coming-of-age, loss-of-innocence excellence. Though contemporary, it feels timeless and elementally affecting, much like the Great Godden’s impact on the family whose story it tells.


With an idyllic seaside summer stretching ahead, the tingling anticipation of The Great Godden’s unnamed teenage narrator is deliciously palpable: “This year is going to be the best ever: the best weather, the best food, the best fun. The actors assembled, the summer begins.” But there are still two more actors to take to the stage - enter the Godden brothers in a shiny black car. The narrator’s older sister Mattie is immediately smitten by magnetic, handsome, self-assured Kit: “She was desperate to lose her virginity, and what sort of person would say no to Mattie? Surely not some movie star’s kid, fresh off the plane?” Though Mattie is certainly attractive, it’s obvious that charmer Kit has the upper hand of any situation, but might he also be a trouble-maker, as his curt, less-of-a-looker brother warns? 


Such wonderings underpin some of this novel’s essence. With the stage fully set and summer speeding towards the climax of a wedding, it poses fundamental questions about motivation, and the nature of agency, of lust, of the desire to be seen for who you are. Quivering with unease, passion and paranoia, it also reveals how past experiences engrave themselves upon us, creating fault-lines that may crack and cause future ructions.


Sophisticated, seductive and smoothly readable, this is a summer story par excellence, and a coming-of-age tale for all times.

Joanne Owen

Books of the Month

Find This Book In

Primary Genre Young Adult Fiction
Other Genres:


Press Reviews


Collections Featuring This Book

Book Awards Featuring This Book

You Might Also Like...

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky


In Stock

£8.09 £8.99

The Thing About Lemons

Tasha Harrison


In Stock

£8.09 £8.99

Eddy Eddy

Kate De Goldi


In Stock

£8.09 £8.99

Dear Charlie

N. D. Gomes


Print on Demand

£9.89 £10.99

To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods

Molly X. Chang


In Stock

£13.49 £14.99