Publication Date: 17/11/2022 ISBN: 9780571375462 Category:

Winter in the Air

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 17/11/2022 ISBN: 9780571375462 Category:
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This Christmas, ‘hand yourself over to be enchanted’ (Guardian) by the English genius behind witchcraft classic Lolly Willowes.

‘Worth GBP9.99 for the book jacket alone (trust Faber) … It’s exquisite and shivery, just like the stories within … By turns creepy, melancholy, horrifying, tragic and beltingly romantic.’ Sunday Times
‘One of our finest writers.’ Neil Gaiman
‘One of the most shamefully under-read great British authors of the past 100 years.’ Sarah Waters
‘Diminutive masterpieces … Hand yourself over to be enchanted.’ Guardian
‘Extraordinary, lucid wildness.’ Helen MacDonald
‘Glinting perfection’ The Times

Decades after her divorce, a lady returns to the village of her tumultuous marriage. A railway carriage hosts a charged schoolboy encounter. A murder raises fears of blackmail. A woman waits anxiously in a cafe before eloping to Paris. Another steals a friend’s kitchen knife.

In these bittersweet tales, the author of Lolly Willowes reveals her mastery of the short story, celebrated by the New Yorker for decades. Sylvia Townsend Warner is a tragicomic chronicler of the heart’s entanglements, from marriages and affairs to widowhood; and a champion of outsiders, whether single women, the elderly or wartime refugees.

Witty and subversive, her stories meld tradition and transgression, with secret sins and fetishes as much a feature of English life as eccentric aunts, country houses and parish churches.

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