Depression may have robbed her of old age, but Virginia Woolf's spirit is still very much alive at Monk's House, her country retreat in the South Downs. It is in the accumulation of small things that you will find it, and in the atmosphere of quiet domesticity that she and her husband Leonard shared here for many years.
Part biography and part guided tour this enlightening book combines first-hand quotes, short analyses of her books, ideas and relationships, with archival images and contemporary photographs. It offers a vivid introduction to one of the most complicated and revered authors of the 20th century.
Claire Masset is Guidebooks Publisher for the National Trust. She was formerly the Gardens Editor of The English Garden Magazine and freelance journalist for publications including Country Life, BBC Homes & Antiques and Gardens Illustrated. Her passions are gardens, social history, late nineteenth and early twentieth century art and architecture, and inspiring women. As well as writing a number of Trust guidebooks, she is the author of Secret Gardens of the National Trust, Department Stores, Orchards, and Tea and Tea Drinking.