'takes the reader on a visually sumptuous tour of the property's famous grounds, uncovering its enchanting patchwork of 'rooms' and offering a fascinating glimpse into the Woolfs' daily lives.'
'her embroidered plans of the gardens add a delightful extra dimension to the book.'
(House & Garden
"an indispensable treasure for any Woolf fan, Anglophile, or gardener"
'an unusual and affecting book'
'a glorious amalgam of biography and gardening'
"a beautifully presented book ... visual pleasure ... uses [language] engagingly. Gardeners and Woolf readers will much enjoy her book"
(Robin Lane Fox Financial Times
'Zoob's admirably passionate approach to the house and garden as an artistic whole has produced an extraordinary book, full of quiet images that exactly capture the beauty of the place...Buy it!'
(The Independent on Sunday
'Zoob's book is enchanting and full of excellent excerpts from the Woolfs' letters and diaries'
(Anna Pavord The Independent
(The Sunday Times
"The book has great charm and terrific photographs, is packed with horticultural information, and gives a delightful account of the domestic life of the Woolfs."
(Annabel Freyberg The World of Interiors
"Rich with Caroline Arber's photography (and atmospheric sepia snaps of the Woolfs) the book documents the garden's developments from the Woolfs' time, through the Second World War, Virginia's death and Caroline's own decade-long tenancy. It remains a place of beauty and solace."
(The Simple Things
'A portrait of their life ... a delightfully layered garden history.'
(Garden Design Journal
'Lovely book celebrates the Woolfs' garden - the first (large picture book) about Monk's House'
(Virginia Woolf's Bulletin
'this book about a gifted amateur's garden has immense charm'
"a thoughtful, intelligent account of restoring the garden at Rodmell as the tenant of the National Trust."
About the Author
CAROLINE ZOOB is an embroiderer and textile artist, and is the author of The Hand-Stitched Home and Childhood Treasures. Caroline, together with her husband Jonathan, tenanted Monk’s House from the National Trust from 2000-2011. Apart from Leonard and Virginia, no-one has lived in the house for that length of time since the house was acquired by the Woolfs in 1919.