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A Girl in Winter

Philip Larkin

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

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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


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…

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Poet Philip Larkin outside-the University Library in Hull
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