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August – PARTY TIME (and Lolly Willowes)

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Wow, this will mark our one year anniversary. I feel proud of us for keeping things going. We are going to be reading Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

Lolly Willowes is a twenty-eight-year-old spinster when her adored father dies, leaving her dependent upon her brothers and their wives. After twenty years of self-effacement as a maiden aunt, she decides to break free and moves to a small Bedfordshire village. Here, happy and unfettered, she enjoys her new existence nagged only by the sense of a secret she has yet to discover. An instant success on its publication in 1926, LOLLY WILLOWES is Sylvia Townsend Warner’s first and most magical novel. Deliciously wry and inviting, it was her piquant plea that single women find liberty and civility, a theme that would later be explored by Virginia Woolf in ‘A Room of One’s Own’.

When: Tuesday, 12th August 2014, 18:30
Where: TBC – ideas in the comments/on facebook/ on twitter/ on email. Dinner would be nice, but (if it’s sunny), it would also be nice to be outside. And have round-ish tables so we can all talk. Two suggestions have been the Red Lion and the Slug and Lettuce (it’s replaced the Living Room at the Castle).