Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “What Hetty Did” as Want to Read:
What Hetty Did
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

What Hetty Did

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about What Hetty Did, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about What Hetty Did

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 47)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 22, 2011 Tyler rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
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
Mary Johnstone
Mary Johnstone marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2016
Ryan Walker
Ryan Walker rated it it was ok
Jun 05, 2016
James Whitehead
James Whitehead marked it as to-read
May 16, 2016
Jo Olie
Jo Olie rated it liked it
Apr 27, 2016
Margaret Roy
Margaret Roy marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2016
Carlton rated it really liked it
Feb 02, 2016
Simon marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2015
Kit rated it really liked it
Oct 20, 2015
Storyheart marked it as to-read
Oct 11, 2015
Nancy marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2015
Reem added it
May 03, 2015
Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2015
Therese Harrild
Therese Harrild marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2014
Rhannay rated it really liked it
Dec 10, 2014
Rafaela Tavares
Rafaela Tavares marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2014
Alan Mackay
Alan Mackay rated it really liked it
Oct 31, 2014
M. Sarki
M. Sarki marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2014
Adam rated it liked it
Aug 12, 2014
Misha marked it as to-read
May 25, 2014
Lee rated it really liked it
Oct 11, 2014
Rabia rated it liked it
Apr 20, 2014
Casero marked it as to-read
Mar 09, 2014
James Palmer
James Palmer rated it really liked it
Feb 01, 2014
Ray rated it it was ok
Mar 19, 2014
Kali Scott
Kali Scott rated it really liked it
Jan 11, 2014
Paul rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2014
Tweedledum marked it as to-read
Nov 09, 2013
Alex marked it as to-read
Oct 19, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about J.L. Carr...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »