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Sylvia Townsend Warner

Mr Fortune's Maggot

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One of Sylvia Townsend Warner's best-loved novels: a droll and deeply affecting story of love and disillusionment on a remote tropical island.

After three years on the remote tropical island of Fanua, Timothy Fortune, a missionary from London, has made little headway. The islanders show very little interest in Christianity and he has only a single convert: a boy, Lueli. As Mr Fortune's affections for both Lueli and his new island home deepen, he begins to question all his old certainties - until one day he is put to a terrible test.

A wry exploration of faith, colonialism and the demands of love, Mr Fortune's Maggot is as quietly subversive as it is delightful.

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