‘A comic masterpiece’ Patrick Gale, Guardian
Pillar of society and stern upholder of Victorian values, god-fearing Norfolk merchant John Barnard presides over a large and largely unhappy family. This is their story – his brandy-swilling wife, their hapless offspring and their changing fortunes – over the decades. Sylvia Townsend Warner’s last novel, The Flint Anchor gloriously overturns our ideas of history, family and storytelling itself.
‘A novel created with solidity and subtlety of feeling, a fusion of warmth, wit and quietly biting shrewdness that are reminiscent of Jane Austen’ Atlantic Review
‘As a sustained work of historical imagination, it has few rivals … one of the most acute and intelligent writers of her age’ Claire Harman