A witty, inventive read with anyone for a passion for travel
Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon Southwood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel her way, Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, a veteran of Europe's hotel bedrooms, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals, CIA men; smoking pot, breaking all the currency regulations and eventually coming alive after a dull suburban life. In Travels with my Aunt Graham Greene not only gives us intoxicating entertainment but also confronts us with some of the most perplexing of human dilemmas.
“The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists - V S Pritchett, The Times”
“Described by Graham Greene as 'the only book I have ever written just for the fun of it”
“No serious writer of [the twentith century] has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than Graham Greene - Time ”
“Funny and bizarre... This is a Greene with the lightest touches”
Susan Hill, The Lady