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Witches of Lychford by [Cornell, Paul]
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"Refreshing and suspenseful, this novella is an inventive look at the idea of magic lurking just beyond one's reach." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Every detail in this novella is interesting and authentic.The novella is a beautiful gem that has more depth than many a novel, while being entertaining, fun and well-paced. It's not a word too long, not a word too short: it's practically perfect in every way." --"Bastian's Book Reviews"

Refreshing and suspenseful, this novella is an inventive look at the idea of magic lurking just beyond one's reach. "Publishers Weekly"

"The deftness with which Cornell permits us to glimpse their backstories gives Witches of Lychford the feel of a much longer novel... [we get some] satisfying glimpses of those fireworks, along with a few ghosts and genuinely scary apparitions." "Locus"

Every detail in this novella is interesting and authentic.The novella is a beautiful gem that has more depth than many a novel, while being entertaining, fun and well-paced. It's not a word too long, not a word too short: it's practically perfect in every way. "Bastian's Book Reviews""

Refreshing and suspenseful, this novella is an inventive look at the idea of magic lurking just beyond one's reach. Publishers Weekly

"The deftness with which Cornell permits us to glimpse their backstories gives Witches of Lychford the feel of a much longer novel... [we get some] satisfying glimpses of those fireworks, along with a few ghosts and genuinely scary apparitions." Locus

Every detail in this novella is interesting and authentic.The novella is a beautiful gem that has more depth than many a novel, while being entertaining, fun and well-paced. It's not a word too long, not a word too short: it's practically perfect in every way. Bastian's Book Reviews

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"Refreshing and suspenseful, this novella is an inventive look at the idea of magic lurking just beyond one's reach. " --Publishers Weekly

"The deftness with which Cornell permits us to glimpse their backstories gives Witches of Lychford the feel of a much longer novel... [we get some] satisfying glimpses of those fireworks, along with a few ghosts and genuinely scary apparitions." --Locus

"Every detail in this novella is interesting and authentic.The novella is a beautiful gem that has more depth than many a novel, while being entertaining, fun and well-paced. It's not a word too long, not a word too short: it's practically perfect in every way." --Bastian's Book Reviews

About the Author

Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics and television, one of only two people to be Hugo Award nominated for all three media. A New York Times #1 Bestselling author, he's written Doctor Who for the BBC, Wolverine for Marvel, and Batman & Robin for DC. He's won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, an Eagle Award for his comics, and shares in Writer's Guild Award for his TV work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (8 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WDVSN5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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was fairly convinced I was going to love Paul Cornell's Witches of Lychford. It's a novella about a small town at risk of falling prey to supernatural forces under the guise of the building of a new supermarket. Three women - an irascible witch, a vicar and the owner of a local new age shop coming to terms with her discovery that Lychford is built on a portal to the world of the fairies - join forces with some reluctance to foil the supermarket scheme and hence foil the evil plan to take control of Lychford. It features a small English town, interesting female characters and has elements of English folklore; these are all things I enjoy in fiction.

Unfortunately, I just felt Witches of Lychford was somewhat lacking. There was plenty about it I enjoyed, particularly some of the humour; a couple of lines are laugh-out-loud funny and there's a satirical tone throughout. The three women at the heart of the story are solidly rendered and convincing, and the set-up is a promising one. However, its short length - it comes in at under 150 pages - means there is little time for the plot to develop in any depth, and there isn't enough going on to give it sufficient pace to make up for this. The resolution of the story is somewhat anticlimactic too.

There was something about Witches of Lychford that made me feel as if I was reading a synopsis for a 90-minute TV drama rather than reading a novel. It's fun, but the story is all over almost before it really begins and I didn't find myself particularly desperate to keep turning the pages. I also felt I'd have liked it to be creepier, more unsettling - the cover, I think, is somewhat misleading as I didn't find it particularly eerie at any point.

I'd definitely look out for more books by Paul Cornell as the ideas and characters in Witches of Lychford held much appeal for me and there were some very sharp, well-observed lines. I would, however, want to look for a longer and more involved novel next time.
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(this review originally published on my blog in 2016)

Paul Cornell's novella Witches of Lychford is a great little book. The small village of Lychford, deep in the English countryside, is divided over the arrival of a new supermarket. Local ladies Judith, Lizzie and Autumn, each with a very different outlook on life, band together to protect their community from both corporate intrusion and... something more.

Paul Cornell has been writing stories about strange goings-on in English villages since the early 90s, when he parked Cheldon Boniface's parish church on the moon during Timewyrm: Revelation. He's created more Anglican vicars than your average bishop. So while he's doing great work with his Severed Streets series, the countryside feels like his natural habitat.

As Judith draws estranged friends Lizzie and Autumn into new worlds, the atmosphere is subdued and wonderfully evocative as Cornell lines up a cast of characters who are fundamentally decent people, brought down by life's burdens. Bereavement, the strain of caring for elderly relatives, the trauma of an abusive relationship. Only one character is entirely beyond redemption here.

Witches of Lychford was published in 2015, almost exactly a year ago. That's the state of my reading list right now. But reading it in post-EU Referendum Britain is to add an almost painful note of contemporary relevance to the book. Images of a society divided against itself, with evil forces seeking to sway a public vote through lies about jobs and economic prosperity... well, it resonates pretty damn hard, I can tell you.
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I was expecting this to be longer. I would have liked it to be longer! It seemed...well, I had that feeling when I finished it of "Oh. Is that it?" That said, it's very good. It's a mix of Miss-Marple style village life, with a large dose of supernatural and a seasoning of personal angst. I would have liked to see more of the enemy (although I believe there are more novellas to come, so I assume they'll be back?) and more of the village's characters as well as the three heroines, but the plot and characters as they stand are engaging and tense. Worth a read
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I loved reading this. A little touch of magical fantasy. Most of the books I seem to find are more targeted at the young adult market so I was excited to find a plot with witches and faeries at its core.. But not written for teenagers! I wish this had been longer though.
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Wonderful and full of charm. Paul Cornell has made a life in a sleep rural village as interesting and full of intrigue as a full-on Urban Fantasy Blockbuster. (and this squeezed into a novella!)

Best read next to a crackling fire!
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By Rissy on 11 Feb. 2017
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Like the series
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Very enjoyable.
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Another brilliant book by a brilliant author. I strongly advise you to find his other works and read them too.
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