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Mister Johnson

(1939)
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"A wonderfully evocative portrait of a bygone colonial life... Mr Johnson, in short is a great literary creation; he can safely take his place beside any of the characters world literature has presented us with: from Falstaff to Zeno, from Candide to Humbert Humbert."
William Boyd

"A beautifully written, absorbing story which I trust will serve to bring many new readers to this magnificent novelist."
Sunday Times

Willing, warm-hearted and thoroughly incompetent, Mr Johnson, a minor government clerk on probation at the outpost of Fada, Nigeria, entertains poetic notions of grandeur and glory as he bumbles his way free-spiritedly through the trials and tribulations of life.

He may not spell accurately, but he writes a beautiful hand. He may not file very well, but he replaces expertise with enthusiasm. Indeed, he may drive his employers wild with exasperation, but there is something about having Johnson around the place: his ingenuousness is so touching, his optimism so infectious. To the core he is an official of the British Colonial Service.

He knows he has a duty to be well-turned out in the European manner, that his wife must wear English gowns whether she likes it or not, and that they are obliged as a couple to entertain lavishly on every conceivable occasion. Every tradesman in town knows how seriously Johnson takes these duties; every tradesman in town has a ledger full of his debts. Undaunted by these numerous debts, Johnson pays a small fortune to marry the voluptuous village girl, Bamu. But while he tenderly dreams of transforming her into a civilized lady - as befitting a man of his wisdom and taste - the self-possessed beauty in question has other ideas...

 
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Hardback Editions

December 1947 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7181-0239-8 / 978-0-7181-0239-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-910670-18-9 / 978-1-910670-18-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-571-25209-5 / 978-0-571-25209-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 1969 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): from the novel by Joyce Cary Norman Rosten
ISBN: 0-8222-0764-8 / 978-0-8222-0764-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
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November 1995 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-460-87587-6 / 978-0-460-87587-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Everyman
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February 1993 : UK Paperback
Title: Mister Johnson (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics S.)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-14-018453-8 / 978-0-14-018453-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1991 : USA Paperback
Title: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-8112-1174-6 / 978-0-8112-1174-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
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March 1991 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-14-013933-8 / 978-0-14-013933-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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1981 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-8094-3611-6 / 978-0-8094-3611-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Time-Life Books
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April 1975 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson (Heritage of Literature)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-582-34900-1 / 978-0-582-34900-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
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January 1962 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson (Modern Classics)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-14-001726-7 / 978-0-14-001726-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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1962 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-8094-3610-8 / 978-0-8094-3610-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Time-Life Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Mister Johnson
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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