Miss Webster and Cherif

Miss Webster and Cherif

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Elizabeth Webster is a sixty-nine year old retired school teacher. She is a tough, old bird: spiky, cynical and adamantly independent; a woman, who has never married, has no friends and lost touch with all her family. In Little Blessington, the village she lives in, the Miss Marple-like figure is regarded as something of a local oddity. Then one day a beautiful young Moroccan knocks at her door. Cherif's mother befriended Miss Webster on her holiday to Morocco, and now the young man is here to begin university in the town nearby. Before she knows it, Miss Webster finds herself with an unexpected lodger. The two could not be more different: the gentle, shy, well mannered young man, bewildered by this strange, new world; and the sharp-tongued old spinster who guides him through its maze. Yet little by little, they become friends. But the villagers of Little Blessington are suspicious. Cherif is too handsome, too young and he's Arab. No good can come of this. Miss Webster, and Cherif tells the oldest of stories - an unlikely friendship, the prejudices of a small, rural community, the arrival of a foreigner - but in a new, post 9/11, world. Patricia Duncker is one of Britain's finest novelists and she is on top of her form. This is an entertaining, clever, provocative book, full of surprises, nuance and humour.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 22mm | 322.06g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export ed
  • 0747584303
  • 9780747584308

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'Patricia Duncker should be made a DBE' Louis de Bernieres 'The finest literary historical novel since Rose Tremain's RESTORATION.' Time Out on James Miranda Barry 'A gripping detective story about sex, identity and biography.' Alain de Botton on James Miranda Barry 'Duncker manages her brainy material with a touch so deft it is almost skittish, inserts little hooks into the heart as well as the mind, and rounds the whole lot off with a thriller-like twist.' Independent on Sunday on Hallucinating Foucaultshow more

About Patricia Duncker

Patricia Duncker is the author of three novels: Hallucinating Foucault (winner of the Dillons First Fiction Award and the Mckitterick Prize in 1996), The Deadly Space Between, and most recently James Miranda Barry. She has also written two books of short stories, Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees and Seven Tales of Sex and Death, and a collection of essays on writing and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall. Patricia Duncker is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.show more

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