Virginia Woolf

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‘You cannot find peace by avoiding life’ Virginia Woolf

An intimate portrait of Virginia, the best-known and most influential Bloomsbury author of them all – ‘All you need to know about the modernist, feminist icon’ TIME OUT

‘A gem’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘As a short introduction to Virginia Woolf this deceptively brief book could hardly be bettered and achieves high status instantly as a significant work of reference in its own right’ THE TIMES


Virginia Woolf was undoubtedly one of the literary giants of the twentieth century. She was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, and her writings were works of astonishing originality.

Nigel Nicolson is the son of Vita Sackville-West, who was Virginia Woolf’s most intimate friend, and for a short time her lover. He spent many days in her company and he has threaded his recollections of her throughout this unique narrative of her life.

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As a short introduction to Virginia Woolf this deceptively brief book could hardly be bettered and achieves high status instantly as a significant work of reference in its own right
THE TIMES
From his unique position, Nigel Nicolson is able to combine intimacy with scholarship ... an excellent introduction to her life and work
MAIL ON SUNDAY
This lucid portrait is a gem
SUNDAY TIMES
This little book is not only a delight to read but also of lasting importance
SPECTATOR
All you need to know about the modernist, feminist icon ... If only all literary lives were as succinct
TIME OUT
This is an unusual (and unusually charming) biography ... It is a quality of wide-eyed observation that gives this book its charm. Woolf comes alive in it ... vivid vignettes are the essence of Nicolson's book ... Nicolson's personal recollections run like a silver thread through this biography. But he tells the whole story of Woolf's life with authority - affectionately but not uncritically. He is especially good at describing the trance-like states which went to the writing of Woolf's best novels
SCOTSMAN
Nothing beats the excitement of feeling that you're in the presence of someone who once walked with giants ... Nigel Nicolson's recollections of the woman whom he regarded "like a favourite aunt" are to be recommended
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Nicolson writes with authority on the Bloomsbury Group ... [he] gives a thorough and illuminating account of the Woolfs' publishing business, the Hogarth Press, and makes a persuasive case for Woolf's "excellence as a traveller" ... Broadly appreciative and admirably concise
FINANCIAL TIMES