Author(s): Virginia Woolf
Orlando, a young nobleman and one of Queen Elizabeth I's court favourites, is the object of many ladies' attentions but, after suffering heartbreak, he prefers literary pursuits to entertaining any thoughts of marriage. Having obtained a ambassadorial post in Constantinople, Orlando falls into a long sleep and wakes up suddenly transformed into a woman. Also blessed with the gift of never ageing, she embarks on adventurous travels throughout Europe and the following centuries, observing what it is like to be female.
The most famous member of the Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) was a novelist, essayist and critic whose writings established her as one of Modernism's leading exponents as well as a pioneering feminist. Her most famous works include To the Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway.