If you’re going to London–heck, even if you’re not–we think that you should read Mrs. Dalloway. In part because Mrs. Dalloway author Virginia Woolf was a lead figure in the famed Bloomsbury Group, the influential network of artists and intellectuals who met in the London neighborhood of the same name in the early 20th century; in part because it’s simply a great read.
It’s a novel detailing a single day, a glimpse into London society on a sunny day in 1925 when protagonist Clarissa Dalloway is throwing a party. It’s a true masterpiece of modern literature and it’s entertaining to boot.
And what’s more, it transports its readers to London, if only for the day.