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Lolly Willowes (Virago Modern Classics Book 239)
 
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Lolly Willowes (Virago Modern Classics Book 239) [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Townsend Warner , Sarah Waters
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One of our most idiosyncratic, courageous and versatile writers (HERMIONE LEE)

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')

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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 20120318 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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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

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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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'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.

About the Author

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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