Winter in the Air by Sylvia Townsend Warner
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