A brilliant exploration of power and dysfunction in Victorian England
Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) grew up in rural Devonshire before moving to London and writing her debut novel, Lolly Willowes (1926). With her partner Valentine Ackland, she was active in the Communist Party and served in the Red Cross during the Spanish Civil War. Her novels include Mr Fortune's Maggot, The True Heart, Summer Will Show, After the Death of Don Juan, The Corner That Held Them and The Flint Anchor.
A novel created with solidity and subtlety of feeling, a fusion of
warmth, wit and quietly biting shrewdness that are reminiscent of
Jane Austen * Atlantic Review *
One of our most idiosyncratic, courageous and versatile writers -- Hermione Lee