`Harris's [book] is a pencil sketch in clear brisk lines. As an introduction to Woolf, Harris's study will do very well: she writes beautifully, with an eye for lucid detail, and is for the most part in firm command of her material'
--The Sunday Times
`The critical evaluations of Woolf's novels are elegant and searching; the analysis of Orlando is especially acute ... an ideal introduction' --The Financial Times
`An enjoyable potted account of a fascinating life lived during a fast-changing period of history ... Dr Harris is a supple writer, easy to read, and packs a lot in' --Country Life
`Harris wears her scholarship lightly and is an engaging commentator' --Times Higher Education
`A wonderfully perceptive, unpretentious study which is pacy in style, riveting in content and perfectly accessible to the most obdurate Woolf-avoider'
--The Daily Mail
`Superlative, interesting and accessible read about a truly fascinating author and the books she wrote. ...As a biography this is both extremely moving and also enlightening.' --Parent Talk
`Harris is an intelligent and sensitive reader of both thelife and the work (of Virginia Woolf), and one of the many delights of this lovely book is the almost tender way she manages to marry the two...Woolf was chased by demons throughout her life and career. Harris does an excellent job of keeping on their tail.' --Scottish Sunday Herlad
'Harris's biography will make those who are new to Woolf want to read her more consciously and fully too' --The Independent
`Harris tells the story crisply and with personality, and the book is beautifully produced by Thames & Hudson, on lovely paper and with lots of photographs' --The Guardian
`Harris presents a Woolf for the early 21st century ... Harris achieves what she set out to do with considerable aplomb'
'I can't imagine anyone producing a more readable account
of this complex literary iconoclast, while at the same time
imparting such a wealth of information ... I confess I am one
of those who always found Woolf a struggle to read but, now, armed with the insights from this most enjoyable text, I can't wait to go back to the novels and try again'