The title of this volume is taken from one of Virginia Woolf's letters and expresses the main purpose of her correspondence: to draw from 'the other person' the affection which she so manifestly felt for them. In the years covered by this volume she is in her late forties and struggling to write her masterpiece, The Waves. Her letters reveal the agonising labour of writing and rewriting this most difficult of her novels, while she copes with the interruptions of illness and unwanted visitors at Rodmell, Sussex and in Bloomsbury. In spite of her concentration on the book she continued to meet old friends such as Roger Fry, Lytton Strachey, T. S. Elliot, Desmond MacCarthy, Vita Sackville-West and Ottoline Morrell - and she made several new ones, including the composer Ethel Smyth. In face, Ethel Smyth, who was nearly seventy-two when she first met Virginia in 1930, dominates this volume. Ethel came to replace Vita as Virginia's most intimate friend, and Virginia wrote to her about matters which she had tended to hide from others. Virginia's letters to Ethel Smyth are undoubtedly among the strongest, wittest and most personal that she ever wrote. This 1981 paperback book is in a poor condition with several ink, coffee and other marks and creases and scratches to the cover, whose spine is also broken. There are multiple biro and highlighter scribbles to the inside cover and title page, creases and dogging to the corners of the majority of the pages and several brown marks to the page block and on several of the pages, though the text itself has not been affected. Apart from the pen marks already mentioned there do not appear to be any pen or pencil notes elsewhere in the book. These issues are reflected in the price.