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‘A Lie, If You Like’ by Clare Clark

  Several days ago, on Piccadilly, I passed a luxury jewellers. In the window, beneath the sign “Hommage à Vincent van Gogh”, was a range of enamelled rings, bangles and pendants inspired by three of van Gogh’s best-known paintings, Starry Night, Almond Blossom and the Sunflowers. The pendants cost a cool £1,700. Van Gogh, famous…

Val McDermid’s Five Scottish Women Writers Everyone Should Read

On 28th December, Virago publish Marriage by Susan Ferrier. First published in 1818, this sharply observed, comic novel is ripe for rediscovery. Bestselling author Val McDermid is a great advocate and has written an exclusive foreword for the new edition. Here she shares five Scottish women writers she believes everyone should read, including both Susan…

Calling all Sarah Waters fans

In 2018 year we publish the 20th anniversary edition of Sarah Waters’ debut novel, Tipping the Velvet. As part of the celebrations, Sarah will be at Virago HQ in January to record exclusive material for the soon-to-relaunch Virago podcast (more on that soon . . .) Named author of the year four times by the…

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Memories of My Mother by Robert Bawden

For as long as I can remember, my mum was always writing. Her brief career in journalism was brought to an end firstly by the birth of my older brother, Niki, and then by a move from London to Surrey to escape the dreadful London smogs. She decided to write her first novel around the…

Q&A with Margaret Atwood

Fresh from receiving the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Franz Kafka award in Prague, Margaret Atwood can now look forward to a brilliant six part film adaptation of Alias Grace (Netflix November 3rd). And so can we. Margaret Atwood has published with Virago since 1979. Her…

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Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award And read an extract from the 1930s Manhattan-set detective story that won lecturer Lara Thompson a book deal   By Lily Peschardt – originally published on The Pool.   We are delighted to announce that Virago and The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award is Lara Thompson for her…

You’re the Only One I Can Tell- Deborah Tannen

On the 22nd of June, we publish Deborah Tannen’s You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, the illuminating and validating book which gets inside the language of one of most women’s life essentials – female friendships. Below is an exclusive extract from the book:   Introduction = Best friend, old friend, good…

Lucrezia Borgia: A Bloodstain on the Canvas of History

An exclusive from Sarah Dunant Imagine history as an enormous pointillist painting, the whole swirling chaos of the past represented through millions of coloured dots. Close to, it makes little sense, but step back and your eye finds shape and meaning, an epic narrative that sets out to explore and explain the journey so far….

Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt

Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt If I said I was a musician to a taxi driver I know they’d glance in the mirror and say: ‘Classical?’ I’d prefer it if they guessed I was a confident, smokey-eyed jazz singer, but they’re too good at judging people by the way they move, talk,…