"I ought to be grateful to Richmond & Hogarth, and indeed, whether it's my invincible optimism or not, I am grateful."
- Virginia WoolfAlthough more commonly associated with Bloomsbury, Virginia and her husband Leonard Woolf lived in Richmond-upon-Thames for ten years from the time of the First World War (1914-1924). Refuting the common misconception that she disliked the town, this book explores her daily habits as well as her intimate thoughts while living at the pretty house she came to love - Hogarth House. Drawing on information from her many letters and diaries, the editor reveals how Richmond's relaxed way of life came to influence the writer, from her experimentation as a novelist to her work with her husband and the Hogarth Press, from her relationships with her servants to her many famous visitors.
Peter Fullagar was raised in Kent and studied for a BA (Hons) in English and Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, before going on to complete an MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Westminster.He is a published writer and editor, formerly an English teacher who ventured to work in Tokyo and Moscow. His short stories and articles have been published in anthologies and magazines, including English Teaching Professional as well as The Huffington Post.He lives in Berkshire with his partner.
"Lively, diverse and readable, this book captures beautifully Virginia Woolf's time in leafy Richmond, her mixed emotions over this exile from central London, and its influence on her life and work. This illuminating book is a valuable addition to literary history, and a must-read for every Virginia Woolf enthusiast." Emma Woolf, writer, journalist, presenter and Virginia Woolf's great niece"Virginia Woolf in Richmond is a great book for Woolf scholars and for laypersons with a general interest in her life and work. Fullagar shows how the time she spent in Richmond - and the events that took place in both her own life and the wider world during that time - influenced Woolf's development as a writer and her personality in a more general sense. It is clear that Woolf's life and work (and hence the books that so many of us love) would have been very different if she had not lived there." Joseph Ludlow, NB Magazine"Richmond allowed for social interaction but without the rush and bustle of a fast-paced London. It was a tranquil life. Fullagar presents a well-written case for Woolf's love of Richmond. Although Woolf is permanently linked with Bloomsbury, she does have deep roots in Richmond." Goodreads review"It's a well-written and well-researched book about the time she lived in Richmond. I think it's a must-read for any person who likes Virginia Woolf. Highly recommended." Goodreads review