Mr Fortune’s Maggot
  • ISBN: 9780241476093
  • Pages: 160
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Binding: Paperback

Mr Fortune’s Maggot

Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Sylvia Townsend Warner’s second novel, Mr Fortune’s Maggot, is lyrical, droll, and deeply affecting.

The Reverend Timothy Fortune, ex-clerk of the Hornsey branch of Lloyds Bank, has found his vocation: to convert the inhabitants of the remote tropical island of Fanua to Christianity. Even when everyone except for a young boy called Lueli remains indifferent to his preaching, Mr Fortune’s good spirits cannot be dampened – until one day his faith is put to a terrible test.

‘Original, elegant and hypnotically strange’ The New York Times

‘Sylvia Townsend Warner pursues the psychology of the story with beautiful accuracy’ John Carey



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