Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Top 10 forests in fiction | Zoe Gilbert
Daphne du Maurier, Mervyn Peake and Angela Carter are among the authors enchanted by these shadowy borderlands of civilisation

Zoe Gilbert

15, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Matrix by Lauren Groff review – a brilliant nun’s tale
Visionary leader, queer lover, 12th-century writer … the life of Marie de France is triumphantly reimagined in an assertively modern novel about female ambition and creativity

Alexandra Harris

10, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Gay, communist, female: why MI5 blacklisted the poet Valentine Ackland
A biography of the Dorset poet, who was a lover of the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, traces her struggle ‘to live as herself’

Vanessa Thorpe

04, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Tackle that to-be-read pile: the books to try if you're self-isolating
From Nora Ephron to Thomas Mann, here are 12 books to entertain, challenge and inspire if you’re confined at home due to Covid-19

Alex Clark

18, Mar, 2020 @2:30 PM

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Of Cats and Elfins by Sylvia Townsend Warner review – charming fantasies
Nymphs and phoenixes feature in a collection of remarkable short pieces by the author of Lolly Willowes

Emily Rhodes

16, Jan, 2020 @9:58 AM

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Top 10 books about the River Thames
From bucolic source to marshy lower reaches, London’s mighty river has inspired great writing

Caroline Crampton

26, Jun, 2019 @12:40 PM

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Country diary: literary tourists follow Sylvia Townsend Warner's path
East Chaldon, Dorset: Her diary records a happy morning when she and her lover, the poet Valentine Ackland, lay on top of a barrow listening to the wind

Vivien Cripps

19, Feb, 2018 @5:30 AM

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Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes is 'a great shout of life'
Defying the genteel harness of Edwardian spinsterhood, this novel’s heroine instead becomes a witch and dallies with Satan himself

Justine Jordan

28, Dec, 2016 @10:00 AM

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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list
Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list

17, Aug, 2015 @9:11 AM

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Life on the wave: how fisherman turned artist John Craske was saved by the sea
Admired by the likes of John Betjeman and Peter Pears, John Craske spent a spell in an asylum before taking up painting and embroidery. Now, seven decades after his death, his dramatic seascapes are finally getting wider acclaim

Julia Blackburn

13, Mar, 2015 @11:00 AM

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The 100 best novels: No 52 – Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926)

A young woman escapes convention by becoming a witch in this original satire about England after the first world war, writes Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

15, Sep, 2014 @4:45 AM

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On the shelf: Bridget Jones and other literary singletons

Bridget Jones is back – as a widow. Why in fiction is it still a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman must be in want of a husband, asks Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke

11, Oct, 2013 @3:00 PM

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