Rooms of their Own is a fascinating look into The Bloomsbury Group – a famous countercultural literary and intellectual movement – as seen through the living spaces and décor of some of its most vivacious members.
Packed with images of furnishings, paintings and gardens, twinned with stories from behind closed doors of the bohemian set.
Linked by an intimate web of relationships, Edward Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West created homes in Kent and East Sussex which challenged contemporary conventions.
While Virginia Woolf and Eddy Sackville-West favoured the bright colours and bold patterns of Bloomsbury, Vita Sackville-West looked backwards to the Elizabethan age, filling her rooms with the romantic relics of past lovers.
Evocative, engaging and filled with vivid details, Rooms of their Own explores the homes of these three writers linked to the Bloomsbury Group.
Bringing together stories of love, desire and intimacy, of evolving relationships and erotic encounters, with vivid accounts of the settings in which they took place, it offers fresh insights into their complicated, interlocking lives.
Complete with first-hand accounts, this book illuminates shifting social and moral attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the 1920s and 30s. Nino Strachey is descended from a family at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group.
Her research focuses on the expression of personality through place, interpreting the biography of buildings and collections.
Since starting her career with the Landmark Trust, she has worked for English Heritage and the National Trust, curating the homes of scientists (Darwin), politicians (Churchill) and writers (Shaw).
She is head of Research and Specialist Advice for the National Trust.
A celebration of early 20th-century queer culture.
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