“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf’s Kew Gardens Reprinted

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | No Comments »

I believe this reprint of Virginia Woolf’s short story set on a hot July day in Kew Gardens was republished last year, but I only chanced upon in a bookshop the other day. Woolf privately published the story in 1919 and then issued it more widely in 1921. Of course the cover immediately attracts a China Rhyming eye and the book, republished by Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, is beautifully illustrated too. According to the blurbs, ‘Woolf’s story creates an impressionistic world with snippets of conversation, wondering thoughts and sparks of colour. The gentle narrative drifts between different characters as they stroll through the world famous botanic gardens…’

Worth an hour or so of your time to read and enjoy before summer finally, irrecoverably departs….

 

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