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'Virginia Woolf wanted to write about the vast unknown uncertain continent that is the world and us in it' Jeanette Winterson, from her introduction to The Waves

The Waves is an astonishingly beautiful and poetic novel. It begins with six children playing in a garden by the sea and follows their lives as they grow up and experience friendship, love and grief at the death of their beloved friend Percival. Regarded by many as her greatest work, The Waves is also seen as Virginia Woolf's response to the loss of her brother Thoby, who died when he was twenty-six.

Reviews

Clear, bright, burnished, at once marvellously accurate and subtly connotative. The pure, delicate sensibility found in this language and the moods that it expresses are a true kind of poetry

New York Times

As a reader, as a writer, I constantly return, for the lyricism of it, the melancholy, the humanity

Amy Sackville, Independent

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  • Paperback

    9781784870843

    November 28, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $22.99

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To The Lighthouse (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
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A Room Of One's Own And Three Guineas (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
Street Haunting and Other Essays
Orlando: Popular Penguins
Essays Virginia Woolf Vol.6
Mrs Dalloway's Party
To the Lighthouse: Popular Penguins
A Room of One's Own: Popular Penguins
The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Volume 5
Selected Diaries
Selected Letters
Great Ideas
A Haunted House
Congenial Spirits
Roger Fry
The Common Reader: Volume 1
The Common Reader: Volume 2
Moments Of Being
Flush
A Room Of One's Own

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