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Our books of 2015

Discover what the Virago team has loved reading this year, and the books we’ll be getting stuck into over the festive period. Sarah Waters’s The Paying Guests was a great success when we published in hardback last year and has continued to be a bestseller in paperback this year. It is vintage Sarah Waters in its intrigue, extraordinarily drawn…

Great Feminist Quotes to Inspire You this Christmas

As a little gift from Virago to you this yuletide, we wanted to send you all cards . . . not your traditional Christmas card, we’ll admit, but some of our favourite feminist quotations to keep you inspired. They all feature in I Call Myself a Feminist, the essay collection which we published in November,…

A Halloween treat from Daphne du Maurier – read ‘The Doll’

This month we published two of Daphne du Maurier‘s best-loved and most spine-tingling short story collections as Virago Modern Classics designer hardbacks. Both The Birds and Don’t Look Now come with covers by award-winning textiles designer Neisha Crosland – find out more about them on the gorgeous Selvedge blog. Du Maurier is the queen of…

I Call Myself a Feminist – do you?

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who sent us their favourite feminist quotes back in June. We loved them all, and a few even managed to make their way into the final manuscript of I Call Myself a Feminist. To find out which ones made the cut, you’ll just have to read…

Jennifer Klinec, the Temporary Bride, on inspiration and Iran

This month we’re delighted to publish The Temporary Bride in paperback, with a delicious new cover. Jennifer Klinec has written an exclusive short piece about Yazd (the Iranian province which inspired her memoir), her first glimpses of the city, and what drove her there. ‘Yazd?!’ The couple who’d sat in front of me on the…

Upstairs at the Party: songs from the 1970s

It’s Upstairs at the Party‘s turn in the Waterstones Book Club this week – head to their blog to read an extract and their brilliant recommendation for the book. To celebrate, Marie Claire have launched a competition to win a £300 shopping spree – along with a night’s stay in lovely vintage-styled Ace Hotel London…