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Marriage by Susan Ferrier

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Marriage by Susan Ferrier

We are leaping into our 2018 Book Club with a Virago Modern Classic ripe for rediscovery and championed by the brilliant Val McDermid: Marriage by Susan Ferrier.   Following two generations of women, Marriage, is a shrewdly observed, humorous novel by one of Scotland’s greatest writers.   ‘What have you to do with a heart? What has anybody…

Message From the Skies with Val McDermid & Susan Ferrier

Inspired by a line from Robert Burns’ poem Sketch New Year’s Day. To Mrs Dunlop (1790),Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival commissioned bestselling author Val McDermid to write a short story, New Year’s Resurrection, which is being told in a series of chapters through projections and other art onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh throughout January….

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#ViragoReads, Festive Recommendations Edition

Fill your stocking with reading recommendations from the Virago team You can’t go wrong with the gift of a good book, so we’ve put our heads together and created our festive gift recommendations, read on for bookish inspiration for the Virago in your life. Ailah Ahmed, Senior Commissioning Editor: @ailahahmed You Play the Girl: on Playboy…

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The gift of a good book

There is nothing better than receiving a good book, except perhaps giving one in return. So this festive period, we are giving you the chance to win two copies of Marriage by Susan Ferrier simply by snapping a picture of any Virago book you receive this winter – one copy for you and one for the person who…

Carrie's War

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Carrie’s War

Our Book of the Month for December is a childhood favourite: Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. ‘A touching, utterly convincing book’ Jacqueline Wilson ‘I did a dreadful thing, the worst thing of my life, when I was twelve and a half years old, and nothing can change it’ It is wartime and Carrie and her…

Read an Excerpt from Love & Fame

Susie Boyt’s tender and funny, Love & Fame, is out now. Waterstones | Amazon | Wordery | Foyles   Enjoy the first chapter:   But this should be the happiest time of your . . . Just let yourself . . . Lots of people would die to . . . you should be ….

I’m With Nadia

On 9th November, Virago publish The Last Girl, the remarkable and courageous story of twenty-three year old Yazidi woman Nadia Murad who is working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on behalf on her people. Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to helping women and children who have survived genocide, mass atrocities and human…

Book of the Month: Excellent Women

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Excellent Women

This November we are reading Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women. One of the most endearingly amusing English novels of the twentieth century – Alexander McCall Smith Mildred Lathbury is one of those ‘excellent women’ who is often taken for granted. She is a godsend, ‘capable of dealing with most of the stock situations of life – birth,…

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…