Laurence King Publishing is branching out with the first standalone volume of Virginia Woolf’s essay How Should One Read a Book? featuring a new introduction and afterword by author Sheila Heti.
The essay will be released in hardback on 12th October, but offered exclusively to bricks-and-mortar bookshops two weeks early to celebrate Bookshop Day on 3rd October. A percentage of UK sales made during the exclusive period will be donated to the Book Trade Charity.
“Woolf’s short, impassioned essay celebrates the enduring importance of great literature,” the publisher said. “Offering reading as a personal and instinctive pastime, Woolf advocates reading simply for the sake of reading. This timeless manifesto on the written word emphasises the joy of reading and the power of a good book to change the world. One of the most significant writers of the 20th century, Woolf is as relevant today as she was 100 years ago.”
The new volume, commissioned by editorial director Elen Jones, features a bespoke cover design by award-winning illustrator Marion Deuchars.