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The Flint Anchor (VMC Book 110) [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Townsend Warner
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John Barnard, leading merchant at a Norfolk port, is a pillar of nineteenth-century rectitude. Though stern and aloof with his indolent, tippling wife and watchful children, he is undermined by helpless love for his pretty, cold-hearted daughter Mary.



THE FLINT ANCHOR subverts the rules of the historical novel and shows how family history is made- which stories can be trusted, whose voices hold influence and whose are forgotten. Wit, charm and intelligence illuminate several decades of family life and the events of small town society in this tragi-comedy of manners, the last of the author's seven novels.


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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)

Hurrah to Virago for re-publishing this mesmerising novel...Stern father, brandy-swilling mother, dutiful but rebellious offspring - wicked (WOMAN'S JOURNAL)

One of our most idiosyncratic, courageous and versatile writers. (Hermoine Lee)

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844082563
  • Publisher: Virago (30 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ONB8UI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By sally tarbox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Exquisite read telling the life of John Barnard, a stern and righteous Norfolk businessman in the early Victorian years. Stuck in an unloving marriage with a wife becoming increasingly dependent on madeira; bereft after losing five children in infancy; disappointed in his eldest son who was sent down from Cambridge then emigrated; and in his daughters, spinsterish Euphemia, and Ellen, disfigured by a birthmark - he gives all his love to remaining daughter Mary. But he is unable to recognise her intrinsic selfishness and coldness...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity, Madness and the Family 13 Dec. 2002
By Russell
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A book to make you count your sorry blessings... This novel made me feel immeasurably better about my own poor unfulfilled life + regain a hope that I might still find another brief moment of pleasure- or that if I didn't I could still die relatively happy compared to all the unfortunate characters I've spent time with over the last 2 days. No one lives happy-ever-after. And yet one feels that they all deserved to in their own way and if only life could be as satisfying perfect + just- as we wish it would be... As anyone familiar with Sylvia Townsend Warner's work might expect, there's at least one succint observation to savour + chew over on each page... Don't be put off (if you would be) by the idea of a 'historical' novel- this is compelling stuff and at-times breathtakingly modern with regard to human relations. A 'good read' with as much astute human complexity as you want to dig for...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic, as the series indicates 11 Feb. 2013
By liz
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On a superficial level this novel is entertaining but there are multiple layers which continue to reverberate afterwards. It is both very faithfull to its nineteenth century context and at the same time very modern in its approach to serious issues: art/life, sexuality and gender, religion, economics, cultural determinism etc. inflected through a mid-twentieth century perspective. A very early neo-Victorian novel?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A family unhappy in its own way 27 Jan. 2006
By Jay Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
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All of Sylvia Towsend Warner's novels are superb, but this and another of her historical novels, THE CORNER THAT HELD THEM, are her two true masterpeices, which means they are among the best books in English written in the twentieth century. This work concerns a very proper family of a wealthy East Anglia merchant living in the town of Loseby on the British coast during the early nineteenth century through the mid-Victorian period. John Barnard greatly loves his wife and many children, but his innocent insistence upon rectitude and controlling his children (and choosing favorites among them) creates great unhappiness and ruins most of his children's lives. The genius of the story lies not only in Townsend Warner's extremely enchanting wordplay but also in her absolute command of narrative voice: the narrative focalizes from one character to another with utter deftness, and you see fully the characters' abilities to make each other miserable by not saying what they truly feel. The book is very moving, but it is also (as with all of Townsend Warner's novels) exceptionally funny; like all of Townsend Warner's historical fiction, it suggests that history for individuals may be experienced very differently on their own level than from the perspective of a genuine later historian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'give not your heart to idols! I have sacrificed everything to an inordinate love' 18 July 2012
By sally tarbox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Exquisite read telling the life of John Barnard, a stern and righteous Norfolk businessman in the early Victorian years. Stuck in an unloving marriage with a wife becoming increasingly dependent on madeira; bereft after losing five children in infancy; disappointed in his eldest son who was sent down from Cambridge then emigrated; and in his daughters, spinsterish Euphemia and Ellen, disfigured by a birthmark- he gives all his love to remaining daughter Mary. But he is unable torecognise her intrinsic selfishness and shallowness...
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