Sophia is 21 years old, carries a newt - Great Warty - around in her pocket and marries - in haste - a young artist called Charles. Swept into the bohemian London of the 30s, she is ill-equipped to cope. She takes up with an ageing art critic and learns to repent - at leisure. If you're unfamiliar with Barbara Comyns' unique style, then this would be a good place to start. The disclaimer "The only things that are true in this story are the wedding and Chapters 10, 11 and 12 and the poverty." leads us to believe that this could be a semi-autobiographical novel!