A novel as original in its conception as it is subtle and refined in its artistry ... LOLLY WILLOWES retains all of the charm and all of the 'relevance (it owned years ago')
TLS ('Witty, eerie, tender')
JOHN UPDIKE, NEW YORKER ('She has a talent amounting to genius')
A novel as original in its conception as it is subtle and refined in its artistry' TLS
*This, the author's most magical novel, introduced the theme of women's liberty that Virginia Woolf later explored in A Room of One's Own
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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'As fresh and powerful today as it was when published in 1926' Guardian
'This is the witty, eerie, tender but firm life history of a middle-class Englishwoman who politely declines to make the expected connection with the opposite sex and becomes a witch instead' John Updike
After the death of her adored father, Laura 'Lolly' Willowes settles into her role of the 'indispensible' maiden aunt of the family. Two decades pass; the children are grown, and Lolly unexpectedly moves to a village, alone. Here, happy and unfettered, she revels in a new existence, nagged only by the sense of a secret she has yet to discover.