Flush: a biography by Virginia Woolf

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Flush’ is the biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel. This edition is richly illustrated by Katyuli Lloyd with some 30 full page colour and black and white illustrations. These were short-listed for the V&A Illustration Awards 2016. It also includes a Preface by John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus at UCL.

Critics have argued for decades over their interpretation of the pseudo-biography Flush. Is the spaniel Flush a would-be emancipated woman yearning to be free of the shackles of domestication? Or is it a veiled analogy of the love triangle between Virginia, her sister Vanessa and brother-in-law Clive Bell?

If nothing else, it is a colourful and atmospheric account of a lost age, the end of the Grand Tour; a witty and ribald exploration of love and loss of innocence; and in Flush’s liberation we see a new world heralded, in which the societal pressures of the Victorian era begin to melt away.