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12. All Passion Spent

We take recommendations from Emily Rhodes of Emily’s Walking Book Club seriously. So, it was with much anticipation that Kate’s book club read All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West, one of Emily’s all-time favourite reads.

After the death of her husband, everyone assumes his eighty-eight-year-old widow will slowly fade away in her grief. But Lady Slane has other ideas. She rejects the plans her children have for her and instead seeks out a rented house in Hampstead, where she revels in her freedom. At last she is able to live entirely for herself.

We knew Vita Sackville-West was good at gardening, but what did we make of her as a writer? Listen in to find out.

In our interview, Maeve O’Sullivan of London’s Kniterati book club tells us just how heated book discussions can get when you have a pair of knitting needles to hand.

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All the details of Emily’s Walking Book Club.


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