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THE COMMON READER VOLUME 1

THE COMMON READER VOLUME 1

26 Essays

By Virginia Woolf
Read by Joan Walker

This is Virginia Woolf’s first collection of essays, published in 1925. In them, she attempts to see literature from the point of view of the ‘common reader’ – someone whom she, with Dr Johnson, distinguished from the critic and the scholar. She read, and wrote, as an outsider: a woman set to school in her father’s library, denied the educational privileges of her male siblings – and with no fixed view of what constitutes ‘English literature’. Continue Reading →

Joan Walker

Joan Walker

Joan trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and started her theatre career immediately at the Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster. She has huge stage, musical, TV and film experience plus a wealth of radio plays and readings for BBC radio. Favourite roles include Tanya in Mamma Mia (World tour); Lady Fancifull (Greenwich theatre); the Queen in The King's Speech (BBC R4). She has narrated countless audiobooks and is the proud winner of AudioFile's Earphones Award and the Library Journal's Best audiobook of 2016 for Britt-Marie Was Here, and in 2017 for Here in Berlin.