No, not that Rumer although serendipitously, Rumer the singer-songwriter now rubbing shoulders with the likes of Burt Bacharach & Elton John chose her stage name because of her love of the late Rumer Godden’s books.

Probably best known for Black Narcissus, Rumer Godden penned over 60 books. The Greengage Summer is light relief to The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell which I finished last night by dint of siege mentality. A great book but latterly heavy going although what else would one expect from a fictional account of the Siege of Lucknow in 1857. I sense that no one will get their head hacked off in The Greengage Summer.

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