Miss Webster and Cherif - Patricia DunckerLondon: Bloomsbury, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the dust wrapper slightly ruffled otherwise a very well presented copy.
2nd impression, first edition 2006.
From the cover: “Elizabeth Webster is a cantankerous spinster pushing seventy. Forced out of her school-teaching job, she unleashes her sharp tongue and dogmatic opinions on everyone in the English village of Little Blessington. Then one cold spring night, sitting on the sofa alone, she grinds to a dead halt. To recover from this mysterious, near-fatal illness, her doctor sends her on a journey to a North African country where she ventures into the desert and has a brush with terrorism. Miss Webster, however, no longer cares about anything, least of all Islamic politics and suicide bombers.
Three weeks after her return there is a ring on her doorbell. Standing there in the gusty darkness is a young Arab man of astonishing beauty. Worryingly, he is carrying a large suitcase. But who is Chérif? Why is he there and what does he want? Entertaining, intelligent, provocative, Patricia Duncker’s new novel is a comedy of errors set in the aftermath of 9/11, in a darkening world moving towards war. This engaging tale about friendship, trust and liberation is full of reversals and surprises, tenderness and humour.”