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Frost In May by Antonia White

Frost In May by Antonia White | #VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a title from the #VMC40 series to champion. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it.  It is only fitting to begin with Virago founder, Carmen Callil, on the book that inspired…

Sarah Waters

Read the Introduction from Writers as Readers

Writers as Readers: A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics Introduction: Forty years ago, the Virago Modern Classics list was created by Carmen Callil, and it’s not an overstatement to say that it changed literary history. Launching with Antonia White’s elegant, devastating autobiographical novel, Frost in May, the list’s aim was, and is, to celebrate women…

The Seventh Cross – A classic novel ripe for rediscovery

First published in 1942, The Seventh Cross will be released for the first time in the UK on 7th June.  Like Alone in Berlin and Suite Française, The Seventh Cross is a powerful, defiant and gripping novel, written and set when the Nazis were in power. Here the editor, Donna Coonan, introduces this incredible classic, and…

Crewe Train

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Crewe Train by Rose Macaulay

Book of the Month: Crewe Train by Rose Macaulay This April our book of the month is Rose Macaulay’s brilliant Crewe Train.  Denham Dobie has been brought up in Andorra by her father, a retired clergyman. On his death, she is snatched from this reclusive life and thrown into the social whirl of London by her sophisticated relatives….

The Little Book of Feminist Saints Q&A

  The Little Book of Feminist Saints is an inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection which honours one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world. In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant and surprising biographies with stunning full-colour portraits of secular female ‘saints’: champions…

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Book of the Month: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier This March we are reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of its publication. ‘One of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, Rebecca has woven its way into the fabric of our culture with all the troubling power of myth or…

Virago Podcast relaunch

The podcast market is rapidly expanding and recruiting thousands (if not millions) of devoted listeners, and podcasts related to books and literature are proving especially popular. So Virago, with its incredible history and roster of authors past and present, and its unique voice in the world of publishing, has the makings of the perfect podcast…

Booksforchange

#ViragoPressForProgress

Books for Change, 2018 This March, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, we are once again talking Books for Change. Inspired by the official hashtag, #PressForProgress, we will be sharing books by women that push boundaries: a Virago Press For Progress collection. And we want to see yours too. To get involved with the…