The tiny community of Lychford doesn’t appear to be much, but in its foundations lies a great power. When a major supermarket chain comes to town and wants to rebuild the very roads of the community, the older Judith Mason decides to take a stand. Unfortunately, with a reputation as the town’s crazy person very few people are listening. In fact, her very efforts to be heard have the local group opposing the supermarket soon opposing Judith instead. Lizzie, a local Anglican Vicar senses something is wrong and becomes an unlikely ally. Soon, the two have enlisted Autumn, an “Atheist” with a New Age pagan store in town. Her experiences with the fey folk have lead her to shut herself off entirely. Nothing is impossible when the local “Witches of Lychford” join forces to fight off the sinister forces hiding behind commerce.
Paul Cornell made a name for himself writing for Doctor Who, so the chances of me not enjoying the novella Witches of Lychford were slim. Cornell captures the feel of a small English town, as well as the intricacies of strong women coming together for a seemingly crazy purpose. One of my favorite exchanges in the book occurs when Autumn attempts to discuss business with Lizzie and offers her some wine. She refers to it as “lady petrol.” This term is quite useful when drinking with your female friends.
Witches of Lychford is fairly short and makes for a good afternoon read, especially with either a pot of tea or a few glasses of “lady petrol.”
Witches of Lychford is available from Tor September 8, 2015.