Somerset Life - - THE SHEPPEY -

Award-win­ning and best-sell­ing au­thor of short sto­ries and chil­dren’s books, El­iz­a­beth de Beauchamp Goudge was born in Wells on 24 April 1900. An only child, she had a priv­i­leged up­bring­ing, raised by her fa­ther Rev­erend Henry Goudge (who taught at Wells Cathe­dral School) and her mother, the for­mer Miss Ida Col­lenette. Her mod­ern-day up­bring­ing per­haps en­cour­aged her imag­i­na­tive em­bry­onic writ­ing skills, stor­ing away in­stances and im­ages which would resur­face later in her books, such as A City of Bells, Hen­ri­etta’s House, Lin­nets and Va­le­ri­ans, Sis­ter of the An­gels and The Lost An­gel. Even her gov­erness, Miss Lav­ing­ton, was meta­mor­phosed into the gen­tle Miss Laven­der in A City of Bells.

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