An Episode of Sparrows: A Virago Modern Classic by Rumer Godden
By the author of Black Narcissus and The Diddakoi
With a foreword by JACQUELINE WILSON
'A masterpiece of construction and utterly realistically convincing...Rumer Godden's writing is admired for many qualities . . . but I think her greatest strength is her accurate, unsentimental portrayal of children' Jacqueline Wilson
Someone has been digging up the private garden in the Square. Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of local boys is to blame, but her sister, Olivia, isn't so sure. She wonders why the neighbourhood children - 'sparrows', she calls them - have to be locked out: don't they have a right to enjoy the garden too?
Nobody has any idea what sends Lovejoy Mason and her few friends in search of 'good garden earth'. Still less do they imagine where their investigation will lead them - to a struggling restaurant, a bombed-out church, and, at the heart of it all, a hidden garden.
'Only Rumer Godden could make a simple tale of a forbidden garden pulse with suspense' New York Herald Tribune Book Review