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Lolly Willowes

Lolly Willowes

Author: Sylvia Townsend Warner
Series: Virago Modern Classics
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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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Sylvia Townsend Warner's first novel, published in 1926, is magical and subversive, anticipating the ficton of writers like Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.


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'

Author description

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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General Fields

  • : 9781844088058
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Virago Press Ltd
  • : December 2011
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • : 823.912
  • : Paperback
  • : 224