Mrs Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light
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Mrs Woolf and the Servants
By Alison Light

Mrs Woolf and the Servants

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Mrs Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light

Book Awards

  • Commended for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008.
  • Shortlisted for Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 2008.

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140254105
ISBN-10: 0140254102
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alison Light

Alison Light is the author of Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism between the Wars and edited Virginia Woolf's Flush for Penguin Classics. She has worked at the BBC and lectured at London University. She is currently a part-time Professor at the Raphael Samuel History Centre in the University of East London and also teaches in the School of English at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She is a contributor to the London Review of Books. Her grandmother worked as a domestic servant.

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