Winter in the Air by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Winter in the Air by Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Decades after her divorce, a lady returns to the village of her tumultuous marriage. A railway carriage hosts a charged schoolboy encounter. A murder raises fears of blackmail. A woman waits anxiously in a café before eloping to Paris. Another steals a friend's kitchen knife.

In these bittersweet tales, the author of 
Lolly Willowesreveals her mastery of the short story, celebrated by the New Yorker for decades. Sylvia Townsend Warner is a tragicomic chronicler of the heart's entanglements, from marriages and affairs to widowhood; and a champion of outsiders, whether single women, the elderly or wartime refugees.

Witty and subversive, her stories meld tradition and transgression, with secret sins and fetishes as much a feature of English life as eccentric aunts, country houses and parish churches.


"Original, elegant and hypnotically strange." - New York Times

"What a witty, poetic, clairvoyant writer ... Genius." - 
John Updike

"One of our finest writers." - Neil Gaiman

"One of our most idiosyncratic, courageous and versatile writers." - Hermione Lee

"One of the most acute and intelligent writers of her age." - Claire Harman

Paperback with French flaps
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 978-0571375462
Pages: 272