Publisher's Summary

Traveler, cleric, witch. The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities while some object to the modernization of the local environment. 
Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth - that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies.... 
©2015 Paul Cornell (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"At once epic and terribly intimate. This is the story of a village, not a city, and all the more powerful for that; not all big fantasy needs an urban setting. Beautifully written, perfectly cruel, and ultimately kind. This is Cornell at the height of his craft." (Seanan McGuire, New York Times best-selling author of the InCryptid and October Daye series)
"Rich in charm...local politics and witchcraft writ small and personal, but large in consequence. [Cornell] adeptly describes the emotion of magic; its effects and internal ignition of wonder. The feel of being exposed to magic for the first time and the feel of doing magic and having it done to you have never been better described in any story." (Bill Willingham, author of Fables and Down the Mysterly River)
"Masterfully creepy and sinister, all the more so for taking place in the beautifully drawn English countryside." (Jenny Colgan, author of Doctor Who: Into the Nowhere
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4 out of 5 stars
By emmoff on 17-11-2016

Enjoyable novella

A hugely enjoyable novella about a town which borders of the fairy realm. A vicar, a hippy and a witch, all nuanced characters, reluctantly join forces to save the town. Tightly written, the village itself is very atmospheric. Makes me want to read more of his work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeffrey W. McClure on 13-11-2015

Superb story and narration

This Novella is a relatively short listen but is well done in every aspect. The narrator is perfect for the story. If you like a good mystery where the protagonists discover that there is a world beside ours with occasional people crossing over in both directions you will enjoy this tale.

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4 out of 5 stars
By S. Yates on 09-02-2018

Well done, just wish bks 2 & 3 were on audible

Though this may be fantasy, it is firmly entrenched in reality. Witchcraft, evil, faeries, spells, spirits, and the like may exist, but so do town halls, NIMBY debates, financial downturns, and the press of super stores and their promise of increased jobs and depersonalized service. Of course, here the super store in question would break ground and reroute roads, walls, and barriers that are there for a reason. I loved meeting some of the residents of Lychford, especially the titular witch (singular at the beginning, but plural by the end). The grounding of the fantasy/magic portions of the book in solid rules and the mundane details of village life worked very well. Cornell did a lot in a very brief length. My only complaint is that I wish the book were longer -- but with two more books in the trilogy at least I have something to look forward to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Asbjørn on 26-09-2015

Fantasy and reality in a beautiful mix!

A beautiful story made even better by the reading done by Marisa Calin. Highly recommended short story - for me even better literary performance than the regular series Paul Cornell is famous for.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Antonia on 30-10-2015

A Timely Fantasy

What did you like most about Witches of Lychford?

A great autumnal listen and a fantasy for our times. The story has blended flavours of Good Omens, The Sugar Queen & a Guardian Column by Owen Jones. A small town on the cross-roads of reality, a diverse trio of strong women including a bereaved Reverend, an elderly witch and a skeptic who was abducted by the fey stand in the way of all life collapsing. If you are not a fan of big business and austerity and do enjoy a good fantasy with a predictable but not too tidy end, I recommend this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a story that was easy to listen to in one or two sittings.

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