Mrs Woolf & The Servants | Alison Light



‘Full of brilliant insights into the claustrophobic, cheek-by-jowl world of domestic service… has something funny, strange or arresting on every page. A finely written account of that period when both masters and servants were becoming uneasy in their positions’

Mail on Sunday

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Virginia Woolf was a feminist and a bohemian but without her servants – cooking, cleaning and keeping house – she might never have managed to write.

Mrs Woolf and The Servants explores the hidden history of service. Through Virginia Woolf’s extensive diaries and letters and brilliant detective work, Alison Light chronicles the lives of those forgotten women who worked behind the scenes in Bloomsbury, and their fraught relations with one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers.

‘Fascinating, beautifully written and meticulously researched’

Literary Review

Penguin 2008


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