Diary entries, letters, and telegrams take listeners into the world of painter Vanessa Stephen (later Bell). Emilia Fox's portrayal of Vanessa is layered and intimate as she and her siblings gather the friends (Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, et al.) who will become the Bloomsbury Group. Fox is subtle and engrossing as Vanessa navigates love and loss as well as relationships with her family—especially her sister, the brilliant, tempestuous, troubled writer Virginia Woolf. Fox handles the bulk of the narrative, while the other actors read correspondence among her coterie; Julian Rhind-Tutt particularly stands out as an appealingly flamboyant Strachey. The plot veers occasionally into soap opera, but the portraits are so believable and their world of art and literature so lovingly drawn that fiction and history are indistinguishable. J.M.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2014]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9780553398441 $40.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780553398458 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2014
CD ISBN 9780553545623 $40.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780553398465 $76.00
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