Sylvia Townsend Warner

Our author of the month for August this year is the English writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, who during her long life published seven novels, 19 collections of short stories, several collections of poetry and numerous essays, as well as scholarly works on musicology and a short biography of the novelist T.H. White. It is an astonishing body of work, encompassing radical politics, feminism, ambiguous sexuality and much else besides, but despite a recent revival of interest in her, remains severely underappreciated.

Lolly Willowes

Sylvia Townsend Warner, introduction by Sarah Waters

From the publisher:

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s first novel, published in 1926, is magical and subversive, anticipating the ficton of writers like Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.

Summer Will Show

Sylvia Townsend Warner, introduction by Claire Harman

Gayle recommends:

Pick up any Sylvia Townsend Warner book and you're in for a treat, but Summer Will Show is a particular favourite. It follows young English aristocrat Sophia Willoughby as she ...

£10.99

Selected Poems

Sylvia Townsend Warner, volume editor Claire Harman

Denis Donoghue writes:

One of Donald Davie’s early poems, and one of his strongest, is ‘Pushkin: A Didactic Poem’, from Brides of Reason (1955). As in Davie’s ‘Dream Forest’, Pushkin ...

The Corner That Held Them

Sylvia Townsend Warner, introduction by Philip Hensher

From the publisher:

A masterful historical novel of monastic life, set in the 14th century. Many consider this Townsend Warner’s most accomplished work.

After the Death of Don Juan

Sylvia Townsend Warner, introduction by Wendy Mulford

From the publisher:

Published in 1938, mirroring the author’s concern with the background to the Spanish Civil War, this novel mixes legend and history, in tracing the disappearance of Don Juan.

£10.00

Music at Long Verney

Sylvia Townsend Warner

From the publisher:

This title collects 20 of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s short stories, most of them from the years at “The New Yorker”. They span a full half-century, from 1929 to 1977 and ...

Scenes of Childhood

Sylvia Townsend Warner

From the publisher:

In the course of her brilliant career Sylvia Townsend Warner wrote superbly in many and diverse forms but never penned a memoir, properly speaking. However, from the 1930s to ...

£12.00

The True Heart

Sylvia Townsend Warner

From the publisher:

Sukey Bond, on graduating from a late Victorian orphanage, is sent to work as a maid on a farm on the Essex Coast. After she falls in love with her mistresses son, Eric, she ...

£15.00

New Collected Poems

Sylvia Townsend Warner, edited by Claire Harman

From the publisher:

The first “Collected Poems” of Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) was published by Carcanet in 1982. Since then, more of her work has come to light, including some of the ...

£25.00

The Flint Anchor

Sylvia Townsend Warner

From the publisher:

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, ...

£15.00

Selected Stories

Sylvia Townsend Warner

From the publisher:

‘One of our most idiosyncratic, courageous and versatile writers’ – Hermione Lee

£18.00

Winter in the Air: And Other Stories

Sylvia Townsend Warner

From the publisher:

Comprises eighteen short stores written between 1938 and 1955 that includes: “Winter in the Air, Hee-Haw!”; “The Children’s Grandmother”; “Evan”; “A Priestess ...

£12.00