Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood

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Published by Duckworth in London .

Written in English

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Places:

  • Ulster (Northern Ireland and Ireland)

Subjects:

  • Grandmothers -- Fiction.,
  • Ulster (Northern Ireland and Ireland) -- Fiction.

Edition Notes

Book details

StatementCaroline Blackwood.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPZ4.B6298 Gr, PR6052.L3423 Gr
The Physical Object
Pagination135 p. ;
Number of Pages135
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4615489M
ISBN 100715611909
LC Control Number77379551

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Summary of Great Granny Webster. This short novel is narrated by the great grand daughter who was 14 years old when she spent three months with the old woman in Hove in order to recuperate after an illness by taking in the sea air.

The poor girl has to live with her great-grandmother in a rigid routine, waited on by one maid who is also very old. "Great Granny Webster" is Lady her masterpiece, a semi-autobiographical novel, it narrowly missed out on the Man Booker Prize because Philip Larkin did not think a novel that was so clearly autobiographical could be considered fiction/5(25).

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The poor girl has to live with her great-grandmother in a rigid routine, waited on by one maid who is also very old. Great Granny Webster is a partly autobiographical novel and a behind-the-scenes look at a great, wacky aristocratic family.

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