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One day in the life of a woman preparing to give a party and a groundbreaking work of twentieth-century literary fiction

In this vivid portrait of one day in a woman's life, Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of a party she is to give that evening. As she readies her house she is flooded with memories and re-examines the choices she has made over the course of her life.


Mrs Dalloway contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century

Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

A beautiful piece of writing

Will Self, Guardian

I think To The Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway are sheer magic

Eileen Atkins, Daily Express

Virginia Woolf was one of the great innovators of that decade of literary Modernism, the 1920s. Novels such as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse showed how experimental writing could reshape our sense of ordinary life. Taking unremarkable materials - preparations for a genteel party, a day on a bourgeois family holiday - they trace the flow of associations and ideas that we call "consciousness".


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    November 28, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    208 pages

    RRP $22.99

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