FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Obscure Locks, Simple Key... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Receive this fine as new book in 6-9 days. Shipped from UK via Royal Mail.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Obscure Locks, Simple Keys: The Annotated 'Watt': The Annotated 'Watt' (Samuel Beckett) (Journal of Beckett Studies) Paperback – 7 Sep 2010

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
£16.87 £17.71
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£21.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

  • Obscure Locks, Simple Keys: The Annotated 'Watt': The Annotated 'Watt' (Samuel Beckett) (Journal of Beckett Studies)
  • +
  • Demented Particulars: The Annotated 'Murphy': The Annotated 'Murphy' (Samuel Beckett) (Journal of Beckett Studies)
Total price: £42.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (7 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748641513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748641512
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,089,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Chris Ackerley is Professor and former Head of English at Otago University, New Zealand. His publications include extensive commentaries on Samuel Beckett and Malcolm Lowry. His speciality is annotation, and he is (with S.E. Gontarski) author of the Grove Press (2004) and Faber (2006) Companion to Samuel Beckett. He has recently edited Watt for Faber. He is writing a monograph on Beckett and Science and annotating several works by Lowry.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Another excellent set of annotations from Professor Chris Ackerley. Written in his erudite and yet engaging and witty style, Professor Ackerley's book unpicks the many difficulties and problems of Samuel Beckett's story, including those of publication and those contained in the novel itself.

A non-academic, I first read 'Watt' some time ago and found it very hard going, taking three attempts to finish it. Trying to understand 'Watt' was akin to Moran's study of the dance of the bees. If I'd then had 'Obscure Locks, Simple Keys' to hand, much would have been revealed, and without most of the head-scratching.

However, I've now re-read 'Watt' in parallel with these annotations and on this occasion it's been like revisiting an old friend. If you can't afford the time to deconstruct Beckett's novel yourself but want to learn more about it, then I can't recommend Professor Ackerley's splendid book highly enough.

Just one caveat - the page references are given for the Grove Press and Calder editions but not for the 2009 Faber edition, which happens to be edited by Professor Ackerley.

Jim Simpson
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse