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Great Granny Webster

(1977)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Two years after the war, the heroine of Caroline Blackwood's partially autobiographical novel is sent to convalesce from a minor operation at her Great Granny Webster's house in Brighton. But the only sea air she experiences are the drafts that creep into the house where she is required to sit quietly with only Richards, the tyrannized maid, and iron-willed, humourless Great Granny Webster for company. As for the rest of the family, her dashing father Ivor is dead in a jungle grave in Burma, mad Grandmother Dunmartin tried to kill her own grandson at his christening, long-suffering Grandfather Dunmartin allowed his estate to fall into ruin while he pretended his wife was sane enough to run it, and even glamorous Aunt Lavinia - though light-hearted - is determinedly suicidal. The laconic tone in which this motley cast of characters is described only adds to the horror - and the hilarity.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"None of us will forget Caroline Blackwood's Great Granny Webster, a matter-of-fact account--and all the grimmer for this matter-of-factness--of the temperamental and circumstantial misfortunes of an Ulster family. Although it's deceptively concise, it evokes the spirits of no less than four ages--Victorian, Edwardian, pre- and postwar--in exact and resonant prose...A unique literary experience." - Philip Larkin

"Shocking, brilliant, and wickedly funny, Great Granny Webster is Caroline Blackwood's best book. In the monstrous old dowager of Hove, and the ruling class she represents, Blackwood found a subject grandly commensurate with her own extraordinary style of aghast relish." - Jonathan Raban


Used availability for Caroline Blackwood's Great Granny Webster

Hardback Editions

September 1979 : UK Hardback

Title: Great Granny Webster
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
ISBN: 0-86043-386-2 / 978-0-86043-386-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: Great Granny Webster
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
ISBN: 0-8161-6713-3 / 978-0-8161-6713-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. K. Hall
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1977 : USA Hardback
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Title: Great Granny Webster
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
ISBN: 0-684-15648-2 / 978-0-684-15648-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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September 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Great Granny Webster
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
ISBN: 0-7156-1190-9 / 978-0-7156-1190-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
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Paperback Editions

June 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Great Granny Webster (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
ISBN: 1-59017-007-5 / 978-1-59017-007-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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October 1993 : UK Paperback

Title: Great Granny Webster
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
ISBN: 1-898436-03-7 / 978-1-898436-03-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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September 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: Great Granny Webster (Picador Books)
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
ISBN: 0-330-25558-4 / 978-0-330-25558-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Kindle Editions

April 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Great Granny Webster (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Caroline Blackwood
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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