Decades after her divorce, a woman returns to the village of her tumultuous marriage. Another waits anxiously in a café before eloping to Paris. A murder raises fears of blackmail.
Sylvia Townsend Warner is a tragicomic chronicler of the heart’s entanglements, from marriages and affairs to widowhood, and a champion of outsiders. Witty and subversive, the stories in Winter in the Air meld tradition and transgression, with secret sins as much a feature of English life as eccentric aunts, country houses and parish churches.
‘Diminutive masterpieces . . . Hand yourself over to be enchanted.’ Guardian
‘Glinting perfection’ The Times
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