Sylvia Townsend Warner
‘A great shout of life and individuality … an act of defiance that gladdens the soul’ Guardian
Lolly Willowes, so gentle and accommodating, has depths no one suspects. When she suddenly announces that she is leaving London and moving, alone, to the depths of the countryside, her overbearing relatives are horrified. But Lolly has a greater, far darker calling than family: witchcraft.
‘The book I’ll be pressing into people’s hands forever . . . It tells the story of a woman who rejects the life that society has fixed for her in favour of freedom … tips suddenly into extraordinary, lucid wildness’ Helen Macdonald
‘Witty, eerie, tender … her prose, in its simple, abrupt evocations, has something preternatural about it’ John Updike
Sylvia Townsend Warner moves with sombre confidence into the realm of the supernatural, and her prose, in its simple, abrupt evocations, has something preternatural about it -- John Updike The book I'll be pressing into people's hands forever is Lolly Willowes [. . .] Starting as a straightforward, albeit beautifully written family saga, it tips suddenly into extraordinary, lucid wildness. -- Helen McDonald * The New York Times Book Review * A great shout of life and individuality. -- Justine Jordan * Guardian *
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