Great Granny Webster

Great Granny Webster - New York Review Books Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

The real-life Guinness heiress offers an inside look at the lives of eccentric aristocrats in this "masterful . . . macabre fairy-tale and blackly humorous family portrait" (Literary Hub).


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.

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781590170076
Publisher: New York Review Books
Imprint: New York Review Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 108
Weight: 136g
Height: 128mm
Width: 202mm
Spine width: 17mm