Precious Bane

Precious Bane

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 10/06/2021
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Precious Bane
A charming tale with dark undercurrents.
A story about loyalty and the intimacy of relationships in a monotony village life, following the sweet, naive Prue Sarn and her family (both by blood and ... READ MORE
Libby Low


'Brighter and better than Thomas Hardy . . . a marvellous writer' Eloise Millar, GuardianPrudence Sarn was born with a cleft palate, her 'precious bane', for which she is persecuted as a witch by her superstitious neighbours. Hiding from daily ridicule, she takes refuge in the wild Shropshire countryside, developing a profound love of nature. Furtively, Prue longs to be loved and harbours a hopeless passion for Kester Woodseaves, the weaver.Prue's brother, Gideon, is engaged to her only friend, but in his ambition for wealth at any cost, he incurs the wrath of his would-be father-in-law whose act of vengeance results in Prue being accused of murder. Only Kester, who has perceived her true worth, can defend her from the wrath of her accusers. Winner of the 1926 Prix Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, Precious Bane is a novel that enchants with its beauty and its timeless truths.'With the publication of Precious Bane, a substantial readership came to respect Mary Webb's quiet genius . . . 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

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349015644
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 262g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 24 mm

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Precious Bane
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 - m... READ MORE
Precious Bane
Five stars but...
I thought this was a great book but just two thoughts to share: Firstly, I think the comparison with Thomas Hardy is misleading and a dishonest way of attr... READ MORE
Russ  Townsend