Rooms of Their Own by Nino Strachey

National Trust, £14.99

This new book focuses on the Bloomsbury group as seen through the living spaces and décor of some of its most vivacious characters. Images of furnishings, paintings and gardens are twinned with stories from behind closed doors of the bohemian set.

Linked by an intimate web of relationships, Edward Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West created homes in Kent and East Sussex that challenged contemporary conventions. While Virginia Woolf and Eddy Sackville-West favoured the bright colours and bold patterns of Bloomsbury, Vita Sackville-West looked backwards to the Elizabethan age, filling her rooms with the romantic relics of past lovers.

Bringing together stories of evolving relationships and erotic encounters, with vivid accounts of the settings in which they took place, the book explores their complicated, interlocking lives. Complete with first-hand accounts, this celebration of early 20th-century queer culture illuminates the shifting social and moral attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the 1920s and 1930s.

(Adapted from the publisher’s description)