Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars


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Tim Duggan Books
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Francesca Wade has written for publications including the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Paris Review, The New York Times and Granta. She is editor of The White Review and a winner of the Biographers' Club Tony Lothian Prize. She lives in London.


"Riveting . . . vividly written . . . In our own moment of global catastrophe, [Francesca] Wade offers us a timely invitation to join our literary foremothers in their rebellious journeys to achieve creative freedom and world harmony."--Blanche Wiesen Cook, The New York Times Book Review

"Square Haunting is at once a tribute to Virginia Woolf's powerful concept of a woman's need for a room of her own, and an exploration of the contradictions and messy compromises so often involved in fulfilling that need. . . . A very readable and enjoyable book."--Margaret Drabble, The New Statesman

"Captivating . . . superb . . . Wade has pulled off a remarkable feat of intellectual and social history with her erudite yet juicy first book. . . . An engaging narrative, movingly bookended by descriptions of the obliteration of a world she so vividly evokes. . . . This impressive feminist history stands as an elegiac love letter to a bygone time and place that offered brilliant, iconoclastic women a unique opportunity for freedom and self-expression."--Wall Street Journal

"Endlessly interesting, unshowy, tightly argued and large-hearted. . . . The women's characters and situations leap off the page, helped by the kind of details--from interior décor to what they wore--that bring prose alive. . . . Wade reframes half a century of supposedly familiar literary and intellectual history and illustrates everything Woolf meant by 'a room of one's own'."--Aida Edemariam, The Guardian

"In this serious, stylish first book Francesca Wade offers five snapshots of women who wrote, lived, loved, smoked, and fried single eggs in Mecklenburgh Square. . . . It is a pleasure to fall into step with the eloquent, elegant Wade as she stamps the streets of literary London. I would give a copy to every young woman graduating from university and wondering who and how to be."--Laura Freeman, The Times

"Original and erudite. . . . Wade is adept at evoking the gritty texture of the times, taking us seamlessly from the interior lives of her subjects into the world they inhabited and back again. . . . Wade distils half a century of social and literary history into these five women's lives with a marvellously light touch. This is biography as fresh and engaging as you are likely to find."--Ariane Bankes, The Spectator

"Square Haunting is an elegant, meticulously researched evocation of time and place."--Annalena McAfee, The Financial Times

"Gripping. . . . A compelling study of the quest for creative freedom. . . . Wade is an astutely empathetic storyteller who never lets her considerable research get in the way of her elegant writing."--Ann Kennedy Smith, The Times Literary Supplement