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Articles by Anne Fernald

Walk This Way

September 1st, 2017
Walk This Way

Women have never had the same freedom to wander the streets as men; a delightful new book explores the stories of those who did it anyway.

Reindeer Meat and Polo Mints

November 1st, 2016
Reindeer Meat and Polo Mints

Vita Sackville-West’s granddaughter gives us an intimate look at seven generations of her famous family.

The Whip Descends

July 1st, 2015
The Whip Descends

Why do we read the same story over and over? In Virginia Woolf’s case, it’s to learn again how great art emerged from her strange life of privilege and grief.

Sparta, Iraq

August 1st, 2013
Sparta, Iraq

“We must compensate the man for the loss of his gun,” wrote Virginia Woolf. Roxana Robinson’s riveting novel challenges us to imagine how we can do that as we work for peace.

Walk, Swim, Grumble

September 1st, 2011

Olivia Laing’s digressive natural history of the 42-mile-long River Ouse is filled with philosophical meditations, childhood memories, and of course the ghost of Virginia Woolf.

One Common Reader

February 1st, 2011

Virginia Woolf imagined the Almighty seeing us coming towards Paradise, books in hand: “We have nothing to give them, they have loved reading.” But does reading always bring salvation?

In Possession of the Place

October 1st, 2010

Adam Nicolson chronicles his work bringing Sissinghurst castle and its grounds up to date–the delusions of a “hippie-squire” or the worthy restoration of a storied estate?