I got really lucky at WorldCon this year. The r/Fantasy Subreddit had a drinks with authors event and as part of that event, they were giving away a ton of books. As it turns out, not only did I win, but I had a chance to get a hold of an ARC (advanced reading copy) of Paul Cornell's The Witches of Lychford, his new novella that was just published by Tor.com.
Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I'm behind in posting a review (had hoped to get it out prior to the release of the book) but better late than never!
Lychford is a fast, fascinating romp through smalltown Britain. A supermarket is being built for the first time, and only half the town wants it. This is particularly terrifying because building the store will tear the boundaries between our world and the magical worlds beyond. The local cook (who also happens to be a witch), the reverend, and her old friend from high school have to team up to save the day.
I read Lychford in a single sitting on a plane and I greatly enjoyed it. I was sad when it was over. One of my main complaints about Cornell's other writing (I read his book London Falling earlier in the year) is that it sometimes takes him awhile to get to the action. That is NOT the case here. Lychford though is non-nonsense, charming characters that jump off the page and pull you into the adventure with them.
I highly recommend checking out the novella! Here it is on Goodreads.