Author(s): Victoria Glendinning
Many people today know Leonard Woolf mainly through the surname of his wife, Virginia, or his role in supporting her through her mental illness. Some critics see him as his wife's oppressor. In Victoria Glendinning's biography, we see the whole man for the whole time. As well as being a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, Leonard was a formidable figure in his own right, first as an innovative civil administrator in Ceylon, then as a writer, leading light of the Fabian society and publisher of TS Eliot, EM Forster, Robert Graves, Katherine Mansfield and of course Virginia Woolf. He was interested in everything and knew everybody. The achievement of Glendinning's book is to make its readers wish that they knew him too.
Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning biographer of Leonard Woolf, Trollope, Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West and Jonathan Swift. Her previous novels, The Grown-Ups and Electricity, were critical and commercial successes. She divides her time between London, Provence and Ireland.