Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood
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Great Granny Webster is Caroline Blackwood’s masterpiece. Heiress to the Guinness fortune, Blackwood was celebrated as a great beauty and dazzling raconteur long before she made her name as a strikingly original writer. This macabre, mordantly funny, partly auto-biographical novel reveals the gothic craziness behind the scenes in the great houses of the aristocracy, as witnessed through the unsparing eyes of an orphaned teenage girl. Great Granny Webster herself is a fabulous monster, the chilliest of matriarchs, presiding with steely self-regard over a landscape of ruined lives.

About Caroline Blackwood

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Caroline Blackwood, who began her writing career as a journalist, is the author of nine books, which include novels, collections of short stories, and a cookbook. She was awarded the David Higham Fiction Prize for her first novel, The Stepdaughter, and her novel Great Granny Webster was recommended for the Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist in 1977. She died in 1996.
Published April 18, 2012 by NYRB Classics. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All these weirdnesses are reported with a slightly edgy calm, an odd tone perhaps intended to make us wonder whether this matter-of-fact narrator hasn't herself been infected by the family looniness--especially since, on the last page, Great Granny Webster's white cremated remains (she has finall...

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Great Granny Webster, Caroline Blackwood's grimly hilarious and semi-autobiographical 1977 tale of boozy, oddball aristocrats is back in print, and its title character an impossibly dour and correct old woman is just one of the chilly, eccentric relatives that the teenage narrator has to endure.

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The New York Review of Books

Great Granny Webster is Caroline Blackwood’s masterpiece.

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