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Lolly Willowes

By (author) Sylvia Townsend Warner , Introduction by Sarah Waters

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Lolly Willowes is a twenty-eight-year-old spinster when her adored father dies, leaving her dependent upon her brothers and their wives. After twenty years of self-effacement as a maiden aunt, she decides to break free and moves to a small Bedfordshire village. Here, happy and unfettered, she enjoys her new existence nagged only by the sense of a secret she has yet to discover. That secret - and her vocation - is witchcraft, and with her cat and a pact with the Devil, Lolly Willowes is finally free. An instant success on its publication in 1926, LOLLY WILLOWES is Sylvia Townsend Warner's first and most magical novel. Deliciously wry and inviting, it was her piquant plea that single women find liberty and civility, a theme that would later be explored by Virginia Woolf in 'A Room of One's Own'.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 20mm | 240g
  • 01 Mar 2012
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 1844088057
  • 9781844088058
  • 68,635

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Author Information

Born in Harrow (1893-1978), Sylvia Townsend Warner published seven novels, four volumes of poetry, a volume of essays and eight volumes of short stories. She lived most of her adult life with her close companion Valentine Ackland in Dorset and Norfolk.

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The novel sharply undercuts its genteel appearance to reveal a dark and visceral heart ... An elegantly enchanting tale that transcends its era -- Lucy Scholes Observer One of our most idiosyncratic, courageous and versatile writers HERMIONE LEE 'Witty, eerie, tender' Times Literary Supplement She has a talent amounting to genius John Updike, New Yorker

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