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!