The Hours

Michael Cunningham

In 1920s London, Virginia Woolf is fighting against her rebellious spirit as she attempts to make a start on her new novel.

A young wife and mother, broiling in a suburb of 1940s Los Angeles, yearns to escape and read her precious copy of ‘Mrs Dalloway’.

And Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her smart Greenwich village apartment in 1990s New York to buy flowers for a party she is hosting for a dying friend.

Moving effortlessly across the decades and between England and America, this exquisite novel intertwines the stories of three unforgettable women.

Reviews of The Hours

  • ‘“The Hours” is a book which heightens the perception of the reader. Cunningham’s craftsmanship is overwhelming.’ Robert Farren, Independent on Sunday

    ‘An extremely moving, original and memorable novel.’ Hermione Lee, TLS

    ‘Engrossing, imaginative and humane.’ Richard Francis, Observer

    ‘“The Hours” refracts the lives of three women through the prism of a single day. Michael Cunningham evokes these three discrete characters with rare skill.’ Financial Times

    ‘The concept behind the novel is bold, the execution rich with feeling.’ Helen Dunmore, The Times

    ‘A sensitive marriage of intelligence, integrity and finely textured emotions.’ Sunday Times

    ‘Cunningham has found an American tone which is exhilaratingly modern – tense, tender and completely without strain.’ Guardian