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Faces in the Water

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

Virago Modern Classics Book Club, October 2018 Faces in the Water by Janet Frame   This October we are reading Janet Frame’s powerful and deeply moving portrayal of madness: Faces in the Water.     When Janet Frame’s doctor suggested that she write about her traumatic experiences in mental institutions in order to free herself…

The Activist's Reading List

An Activist’s Reading List from Virago Press

An Activist’s Reading List By Ailah Ahmed, Editorial Director, @ailahahmed   Virago Press publishes a range of titles from historical fiction to nature writing, but it has always published a list of vital and vocal books about feminism and activism. While preparing to publish Can We All Be Feminists?  Seventeen Writers on Intersectionality, Identity and…

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston | VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This September our #VMC40 book of the month is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Their…

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy | #VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This August our #VMC40 book of the month is The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. The Dud Avocado…

Read an Extract | The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon Out in Hardback September 2018. Ebook now available.  Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible…

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

Read an Extract | House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher Out November 2018. June 1914 and a young woman – Clara Waterfield – is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire. Her task: to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens, to create a private paradise for the owner of Shadowbrook. Yet, on arrival, Clara hears…

Somerset House Summer Screen

Daphne du Maurier at Somerset House

  DAPHNE DU MAURIER AT SOMERSET HOUSE​   Rebecca’s 80th birthday celebrations continue: Somerset House are showing Hitchcock’s adaptation as part of their Film Four Summer Screen season. Is there a more perfect summer evening for fans of Hitchcock and du Maurier? We can’t think of one.   ‘Last night I dreamt I went to…