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What Hetty Did

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A spirited sixth-former with an unlikely penchant for Keats and Browning, struggles against a brutish home life in the Fens, with a bullying father, down-trodden mother, and nasty little brother. Discovering she was in fact adopted, Hetty gratefully runs away in search of her real parents. She finds shelter in a Birmingham boarding house, where the land-lady, eccentric lod ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by Quince Tree Press
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Tyler
Feb 22, 2011 Tyler rated it really liked it
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Just delightful. I particularly enjoyed all the quirks of style, punctuation, and form of this book - not for nothing is J.L. Carr listed as an "eccentric" on his Wikipedia page. When I say quirks of form, I mostly mean the line drawings of horse carts, birds, and foliage that adorn the text, cribbed from who knows what obscure texts (the attribution is comically spotty), and the full two pages of epigraphs and dedications that front this jaunty bildungsroman. (I really think Carr's writing has ...more
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Mar 06, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Reading a novel by J. L. Carr is always an interesting experience, especially if it is one published by his own Quince Tree Press, where quirky typography and design match the originality and eccentric nature of the story.

What Hetty Did is the story of a highly articulate and literate fenland sixth former who runs away from her brutish stepfamily and ends up in a bizarre lodging house in Birmingham. There, among other adventures along the way, she tracks down her birth mother and blithely blackm
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Carr was born in Thirsk Junction, Carlton Miniott, Yorkshire, into a Wesleyan Methodist family. His father Joseph, the eleventh son of a farmer, went to work for the railways, eventually becoming a station master for the North Eastern Railway. Carr was given the same Christian name as his father and the middle name Lloyd, after David Lloyd George, the Liberal Chancellor of the Exchequer. He adopte ...more
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