Virago Press has reissued South Riding by Winifred Holtby with a new preface by Shirley Williams and a new introduction by Holtby's biographer Marion Shaw. This book has been championed by the Virago Modern Classics since 1988 and is a rich, panoramic novel, bringing vividly to life a rural community on the brink of change.
It is now going to be adapted for the BBC by Andrew Davies.
'I can't say enough good things about this book' Sarah Waters
Neither can I, so read it before you see it!
Yesterday the Observer reviewed this 1936 classic:
At first there are inevitable comparisons to be made with Jane Eyre, but this would be too easy for Holtby, and she steers things towards a different place, one altogether more poignant and stubbornly grounded in the real . . .there is a bleak, brave quality to her writing, and certain passages are desperately wrenching. While the novel undoubtedly remains a fascinating depiction of a time and place, it is more than that in its portrait of the workings of a commuity, in its celebration of social spirit . . . it feels both timely and necessary.
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