By Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, now in a beautiful clothbound edition.
Mrs Dalloway chronicles a June day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway – a day that is taken up with running minor errands in preparation for a party and that is punctuated, toward the end, by the death of a young man she has never met. In giving an apparently ordinary day such immense resonance and significance – infusing it with the elemental conflict between death and life – Virginia Woolf triumphantly discovers her distinctive style as a novelist.
Originally published in 1925, Mrs Dalloway is Woolf’s first complete rendering of what she described as the “luminous envelope” of consciousness: a dazzling display of the mind’s inside as it plays over the brilliant surface and darker depths of reality.
Read if you: have ever hosted a gathering and made it a potluck, so you don't have to think about refreshments.