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My Month in Books: May 2021

The two books I've chosen to write about this month are Sylvia Townsend Warner's The Corner That Held Them , and the non-fiction Welsh Legends and Fairy Lore by D Parry-Jones, which were published only a few years apart. Apart from that, they don't have much in common except that both authors wrote about fairies - though not, to my mind, with equal success!  The Corner That Held Them , Sylvia Townsend Warner (Virago Modern Classics 2021, first published 1948) Having recently read and loved Kingdoms of Elfin (which I wrote about in January’s Month in Books ) closely followed by Of Cats and Elfins and the short novel Lolly Willowes , I’ve now turned to Sylvia Townsend Warner’s historical fiction with The Corner That Held Them . I say historical fiction, but perhaps that’s not quite an accurate description. The novel is set in the fourteenth century, but there’s hardly any history. Or, at least, what there is does not draw attention to itself as it so often does in his