Precious Bane - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Precious Bane - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 16/11/1978
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Born at the time of Waterloo in the wild country of Shropshire, Prudence Sarn is a wild, passionate girl, cursed with a hare lip -- her 'precious bane'. Cursed for it, too, by the superstitious people amongst whom she lives. Prue loves two things: the remote countryside of her birth and, hopelessly, Kester Woodseaves, the weaver. The tale of how Woodseaves gradually discerns Prue's true beauty is set against the tragic drama of Prue's brother, Gideon, a driven man who is out of harmony with the natural world.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780860680635
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 129 x 201 x 20 mm


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Brighter and better than Thomas Hardy . . . a marvellous writer -- Eloise Millar * Guardian *
Mary Webb need fear no comparison with any writer who has attempted to capture the soul of nature in words -- John Buchan
With the publication of Precious Bane, a substantial readership came to respect Mary Webb's quiet genius; and it is for this country classic that she has been remembered ever since. When she died at the age of 46, literature lost a voice that promised to speak for Shropshire as poignantly as Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex, Emily Bronte for Yorkshire * New York Times *
[Webb] was a great mystic and a master of both "inscape" and landscape. Any dull afternoon in London is lifted by being transported to the Mary Webb country of the Shropshire hills and the Welsh borderland * Mail on Sunday *
Mary Webb need fear no comparison with any writer who has attempted to capture the soul of nature in words * JOHN BUCHAN *
[Webb] was a great mystic and a master of both "inscape" and landscape. Any dull afternoon in London is lifted by being transported to the Mary Webb country of the Shropshire hills and the Welsh borderland. * MAIL ON SUNDAY *

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“Please, please read this book”

This is my desert Island book, this is the book I will save from a burning building and my favourite book EVER! This a combination of Thomas Hardy and Charlotte Bronte.
It deserves much more recognition and wider... More

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“As Kurde writes this book should be more widely read”

Kurde is encouraged me to read this book. I am so grateful it really is worth reading. The writing style and observations lead one into another world - may not be the happiest of worlds but that is life. Go on... More

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