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New chapter opens for Virginia Woolf's Sussex home

When the novelist Virginia Woolf bought a modest country cottage in Sussex, it was intended as a weekend retreat.

But Monk's House in the village of Rodmell became a refuge for the writer, who battled mental illness throughout her life.

The house, now owned by the National Trust, has just re-opened to visitors after a winter of repair and restoration. Malcolm Shaw reports.

University buys author Virginia Woolf's diaries

The diaries of the writer Virginia Woolf have been bought by the University of Sussex at a Sotheby's auction. The diaries reveal personal details of the author's final years, giving an insight into her daily life.

Virginia Woolf lived in Lewes in Sussex in the early 1900s.

The University of Sussex was able to raise the £60,000 for the journals with the help of the V&A/MLA Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries and individual donors.