Archive for the ‘Alison Light’ Category

Bloomsbury BallerinaAlison Light has written a charming and lively review of  Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs. John Maynard Keynes for the London Review of Books.

The biography of the lucky Russian ballerina who swept John Maynard Keynes off his feet and raised the hackles of other Bloomsburies, was written by Judith Mackrell, dance critic for the Guardian.

Lopokova was a protege supported by the tsar at the age of nine and a member of the Ballets Russes when she danced her way to London in 1918 and into Keynes’s heart.

You can read “Lady Talky,” Light’s review, here.

Read more about Mackrell’s biography of Lopokova on Blogging Woolf.

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mrs-woof-and-servants-american-editionMrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury by Alison Light is listed in the Washington Post’s “Best Books of 2008.”

The book, which was released in the U.S. earlier this year, explores Virginia Woolf’s relationships with her domestic help. It is among 10 non-fiction hits recognized by the Post.

The list puts Woolf in good company. Other non-fiction books included on the list cover Emily Dickinson, Joseph Cornad, Keats and Chagall.

Read more about Light’s book on Blogging Woolf.

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Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, the book by Alison Light that explores Virginia’s relationships with her hired help, is finally out in the States.

You can read Michael Dirda’s review of the American edition in The Washington Post, a review in The Nation, The Economist or The New York Times. Read an interview with Light in the Boston Globe.

Or travel back in time and read more about the British edition that came out a year ago. Read a posting on the Hesperus Press blog. Click on The Independent’s review of the book. Get the skinny from the Sunday Times online. Or connect with Susan Goldman’s perspective, as published in her online literary magazine, textualities.

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Mrs Woolf and the Servants by Alison LightTwo books that feature Virginia Woolf are in the running for for this year’s Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, according to the Guardian.

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, Alison Light’s account of Woolf’s relationships with her live-in staff, is one.  In it, Light explores the ’sordid’ power struggle between Virginia Woolf and her live-in cook, Nellie.

Lisa Appignanesi’s Mad, Bad and Sad, a history covering the way women were treated for mental issues, is the other.

Both books are included among 20 books on the longlist.

The shortlist of five books will be announced May 15, with the £30,000 prize to the top book awarded at a July 15 ceremony in London.

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