All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville West

Vita Sackville-West is an author who has been on my radar for a very long time. I read The Edwardians years ago, probably whilst at university, and I liked it, but I don’t remember it blowing me away. I know about her due to her relationship with Virginia Woolf, her interesting marital situation, and herContinue reading “All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville West”

All Roads Lead to France by Matthew Hollis

The fact that it took me about two months to read this book should be no marker of its quality. I tire of biographies quickly, which is why I rarely read them; I get to the half way point, normally where the photographs are inserted, and start hankering for an actual story. This need forContinue reading “All Roads Lead to France by Matthew Hollis”

A Mile of River by Judith Allnatt

Having been much impressed by Judith Allnatt’s second book, The Poet’s Wife, a few months ago, I was excited to read this, her debut novel. Set in the sweltering, drought hit summer of 1976 on a rural farm in the North of England, it tells the story of Jess, a seventeen year old girl desperateContinue reading “A Mile of River by Judith Allnatt”

The Heir by Vita Sackville-West

Going to Sissinghurst reminded me that I haven’t read any Vita Sackville-West for a long time. Her writing doesn’t get much attention these days, though Virago have recently republished her novels in fancy new wrappers. She seems to be merely a footnote in Bloomsbury history, mainly known for her affair with Virginia Woolf and beingContinue reading “The Heir by Vita Sackville-West”