'History in the Raw'

Searchlights and Anglo-German Rivalry in The Years

in Critical Survey

On 7 April 1937 Virginia Woolf told Stephen Spender that when writing The Years (1937) she had been anxious to ‘Keep one toe on the ground by means of dates, facts’. The Pargiters began as ‘a novel of fact’ and in two interesting and previously unacknowledged ways, The Years ended up as one.