A couple of years ago, author Menna van Praag had a vision to "build an enormous house and let writers, artists, actors, singers live there for a year and fulfill their dream while not having to worry about paying the bills and just have all expenses paid." Since she has not yet earned the "millions of pounds" needed to make the dream a reality, she wrote a book about it instead.
The House at the End of Hope Street
is that book, and the titular house, at 11 Hope Street, is van Praag's dream house. It is a mysterious and magical place in Cambridge, England:
The house has stood at the end of Hope Street for nearly two hundred years. It's larger than all the others, with turrets and chimneys rising into the sky. The front garden grows wild, the long grasses scattered with cowslips, reaching toward the low-hanging leaves of the willow trees....
Beyond the Book
Photographs of famous historical women – from writers to activists to painters to doctors – cover every inch of wall space at 11 Hope Street, the setting for Menna van Praag's novel, The House at the End of Hope Street
. Among them are two sets of famous sisters: Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell; and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Millicent Garrett Fawcett. Here's a little something about these sisters.
Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf
Vanessa Stephen was the oldest sister in the Stephen family. She was born in Westminster, London in 1879, was home-schooled for many years, and then later attended both Sir Arthur Cope's Art School and the painting school of the Royal Academy in London. In her twenties, she moved with Virginia and two of their...