Claudine's House is a tender and heartfelt portrayal of childhood and memory. On first publication, its popularity was such that the 'Claudine' novels gave rise to a musical stage play and an entire range of associated merchandise. In an idyllic setting of countryside and woods, Colette spent her childhood surrounded by a warm and loving family. Years later, her memories and experiences inspired her to create a series of snapshots of the innocence of provincial life. At once poignant and vividly alive, her recollections portray a magical world, filled with the beauty of nature and the warmth of human relationships - and above all the lasting impressions made by her loving and outstanding mother.
"'What a pleasure this book is, making you dream of that old house in its garden, just as Colette did, all her life.' - from the Foreword by Doris Lessing"
French novelist Colette (1873-1954) is best remembered for her evocative portraits of childhood in the Claudine books, and for Gigi (1943). Winner of the David Cohen British Literature Prize in 2001, Doris Lessing is one of the most eminent figures in world literature.