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
Surprised by Joy
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First Class Mail
During my early years as a bookseller, much of each day’s business depended on the post: not just brown envelopes enclosing cheques or less welcome envelopes with publishers’ bills, but orders...Read more