1. Sophie Dahl: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958)
The story of the transition of a teenage girl into womanhood, this book tells the tale of Joss Grey, a 16-year old English girl, who finds herself responsible for the care of her three younger siblings on holiday in Épernay, France.
Sophie says, "Godden writes about the brink of adolescence so beautifully and this is the quintessential coming of age story set in summer time France. It’s a book full of longing."