'A strange, tragic, inspired book ... It is absolutely unafraid' E. M. Forster
A party of English people are aboard the Euphrosyne, bound for South America. Among them is a young girl, Rachel Vinrace, innocent and wholly ignorant of the world of politics and society, books, sex, love and marriage. She is a free spirit half-caught, momentarily and passionately, by Terence Hewet, an aspiring writer, but her greatest discovery will be her own self. Virginia Woolf's first novel, published in 1915, is a haunting exploration of a young woman's mind, signalling the beginning of her fascination with capturing the mysteries and complexities of the inner life.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Jane Wheare
After a year when reality has often seemed stranger than fiction, taking time to share a good book with friends is just the tonic we need. This list of modern masterpieces and timeless classics is guaranteed to stimulate a lively discussion. Oh – and they're brilliant reads to boot.
A selection of reads that will take you to different lands and time periods, all from the comfort of your favourite reading spot.