A Girl in Winter `Beautiful.' Nina Stibbe by Philip Larkin



Lose yourself in this tale of young love by the 'best-loved English poet of the past 100 years.' ( Sunday Times )

Katherine Lind is a refugee who has become a librarian in a wartime Northern town. One winter's day, she receives a telegram: and her thoughts drift back to falling in love with her pen-pal, Robin Fennel, on a glorious summer exchange. But on his return from the army, their reunion is not what they imagined . . .

'Beautiful.'Nina Stibbe
'Remarkable . Diffused poetry.'Simon Garfield
'Highly sensitive . Reminiscent of Virginia Woolf.'Joyce Carol Oates
'Funny and profoundly sad.'Andrew Motion
'Strange and beautiful . . . Short, intense and obsessed with the tiny ballets of social interaction, they could only have been written by someone very young (the writer they most remind me of is Sally Rooney) . . . Weird but brilliant . . . Zingily contemporary.' Sunday Times

Contributor Bio

Philip Larkin, poet, novelist and librarian, was born in Coventry in 1922. He published four volumes of poetry - The North Ship (1945), The Less Deceived (1955), The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974) - for which he received innumerable honours including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and the WH Smith Award. He also wrote two novels, Jill(1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and his journalism is collected in two volumes, All What Jazz: A Record Diary and Required Writing: Miscellaneous Prose. He worked as librarian at the University of Hull from 1955 until his death in 1985.

In 2003, he was chosen as Britain's best-loved poet of the previous fifty years by the Poetry Book Society; in 2008, The Times named him Britain's greatest post-war writer; and in 2016, a memorial stone in his name was unveiled in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

More Details

  • Faber & Faber
  • Imprint : Faber & Faber Fiction
  • Fall 2022
  • On Sale: Dec 13/22
  • Paperback | 5.08 x 7.8
  • FICTION / Literary
  • 9780571225811