This is what the inside cover says: "For over 40 years, Valentine Ackland was the constant companion and closest friend of the noted English novelist, Sylvia Townsend Warner... Valentine Ackland was born in London in 1906 in a well-to-do British family. For Sylvia takes us from a fearful, oversensitive childhood through a drifting, unsettled Bohemian life in the London of the 1920s...to her falling in love with Sylvia, whom she met in 1930 after leaving a disastrous marriage. She would stay with Sylvia until her death in 1968. With harrowing frankness, Valentine reveals her unhappy childhood, failed lesbian relationships, doomed marriage, and unsuccesful battle with alcoholism. For Sylvia is a love letter, the story of a life redeemed by passionate emotion. A testimony to the healing power of love and the strenth of the human spirit, it is a work of exceptional honesty, sure to establish itself as a minor classic of self-revelation." Lesbian book. Smoke-free home.