Vanessa and Virginia in the US

Editor’s Choice in The New York Times Book Review (May 23rd 2010)NY Times

Also picked by Barnes and Noble for their Discover Great New Writing award and selected by the American Booksellers Association for their ‘Indie Next‘ List.

V&V“You see, even after all these years, I wonder if you really loved me.” Vanessa and Virginia are sisters, best friends, bitter rivals, and artistic collaborators. As children, they fight for attention from their overextended mother, their brilliant but difficult father, and their adored brother, Thoby. As young women, they support each other through a series of devastating deaths, then emerge in bohemian Bloomsbury, bent on creating new lives and groundbreaking works of art. Through everything – marriage, lovers, loss, madness, children, success and failure – the sisters remain the closest of co-conspirators. But they also betray each other.

In this lyrical, impressionistic account, written as a love letter and elegy from Vanessa to Virginia, Sellers imagines her way into the heart of the lifelong relationship between writer Virginia Woolf and painter Vanessa Bell. With sensitivity, imagination, and fidelity to what it known of both lives, Sellers has created a powerful portrait of sibling rivalry.


Launched in the US on Saturday June 6th 2009 at the Lincoln Centre, New York.

Vanessa and Virginia is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and Canada, and available  as a paperback from Mariner Books.

Vanessa and Virginia is also available as an audiobook from Audible.