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Lolly Willowes

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Laura “Lolly”€ Willowes is many things—€”spinster, caretaker, aunt to many. Liberated is not one of them. At the tender age of 40, she departs her brother and sister-in-law’s London home to make a life for herself in village of Great Mop (population: 227). Taking pleasure in simple acts of independence such as cooking her own meals, it isn’t long before Laura’s long-awaited solitude is intruded upon by well-meaning relatives—€”among them, a nephew who also intends on calling Great Mop home. But there is a major change afoot: Laura, thanks to the tutelage of her landlord, has become a witch.

Set in England just after World War I, Townsend Warner’s novel is a fantastical, first of its kind exploration of the “independent woman-as-witch” metaphor. In Lolly Willowes, tinctures and spells go hand-in hand with bodily autonomy and peace of mind.

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About the Author

Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Sylvia Townsend Warner was born in England in 1893 and died in 1978. She was hailed as a “Bright Young Thing” by the London press in the 1920s but then a “neglected writer” by The Guardian in 2012.

“One doesn’t become a witch to run around being harmful, or to run around being helpful either, a district visitor on a broomstick. It’s to escape all that - to have a life of one’s own, not an existence doled out to by others.”

Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes