A highly personal record of Woolf's daily life in the 1930s. She makes notes of more than one thousand social engagements, and the pages of these diaries are liberally scattered with the names of her illustrious Bloomsbury circle: her sister Vanessa Bell ("Nessa") and her husband Clive, T.S. Eliot ("Tom"), E.M. Forster ("Morgan"), Vita Sackville-West, John Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Lytton Strachey, Ottoline Morrell ("Ott"), Duncan Grant, William Plomer, Hugh Walpole, Robert Graves, Christopher Isherwood, Elizabeth Bowen, and many others. The diaries record literary encounters (Tom [Eliot] and Spender tea", in March 1935), her appointment at the BBC on 29 April 1937 at which she recorded Words Fail Me, the only surviving recording of her voice (the dairies show that she cancelled three further appointments at the BBC the following month), whilst on 28 January 1939 she dined with Eliot, met Sigmund Freud at six, then attended "Stephen's party" at nine. When in London she attended the theatre, opera, and concerts, but she also spent much time in Sussex, mostly at Monk's House in Sussex ("Rodmell"), but also her sister's house of Charleston and elsewhere. Her last year was spent largely in the country with the capital then facing the Blitz, but she continued to return regularly to London even after her London home was bombed.
These years were characterised by intense burst of creativity - her achievements included The Waves, The Years, Roger Fry, Flush, Three Guineas, and Between the Acts - and bouts of nervous exhaustion, revealed most obviously in the diary when periods of several weeks are simply crossed through with the word "bed" or "ill". The final entry is 18 February 1941, one month before she drowned herself.