1 October 2020 Susannah

Graham Greene & ‘Travels With My Aunt’

There are many memorable aunts in fiction – you find some fabulous examples in the novels of Jane Austen, PG Wodehouse, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and George Eliot – but one of the very best has to be Aunt Augusta in Graham Greene’s delightful 1969 novel. Red-haired and impulsive, and a woman who has gone through lovers as others might go through changes of clothes, Aunt Augusta drags her ‘nephew’, retired bank manager Henry Pulling, away from his quiet suburban existence growing dahlias and out into a world of crime, travel and mad adventure.

What crimes does she commit? What role does her black lover Wordsworth play? Share the enormous fun of this novel with me!

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Featured image credit- Graham Green, Travels with my Aunt. Maggie Smith, Louis Gossett Jr. and Alec McCowen in Travels with My Aunt (1972), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069404/

Comments (4)

  1. Heather Smith

    Hi Susannah: I was able to borrow this book from my local Library. I had never read it before. Thanks again for your newsletter : it is great to have new suggestions. Hope to see you at the October Jane Austen meeting. Kind regards, Heather Dmith

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Isn’t it a fun book! I am glad I introduced you to something new that you enjoyed. Yes, hope to see you at JASA.

  2. Mel Dickson

    Hello Susannah,
    Though I was tardy reading “A Town Like Alice” and “Jane Eyre” I found them both so worthwhile = thanks for listing them. “Travels With My Aunt” was more than worthwhile, it was a real pleasure with many a laugh. I was so absorbed, the abrupt end caught me quite by surprise and disappointment that there were no more adventures to amuse me. I suspect Greene became bored with the characters and could not invent more plot. And your notes on Greene were very interesting. He did not live a boring life. “Barry Lyndon” sounds lively, so I will begin that right away.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      I am delighted you enjoyed it so much, Mel. It’s my favourite Graham Greene novel, and such fun. I agree that you do feel slightly bereft when it all ends and you can no longer enjoy the company of those eccentric characters.
      I will not be running the Readers’ Guides programme next year but have a different plan, with some fabulous book recommendations. I hope you will join it.

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