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Muriel Spark

100 Years of Muriel Spark

Today would have been the 100th birthday of Dame Muriel Spark, one of the greatest British writers of the 20th century. To honour her centenary, today we publish The Observing Eye, a wry, puckish volume of Spark’s insights, and in May we will issue a beautiful new edition of Memento Mori, one of her finest novels.   The Observing…

Virago Modern Classics 40th

A bakers dozen of beauty – celebrating 40 Years of Virago Modern Classics

Celebrating 40 Years of Virago Modern Classics This May we are publishing a spectacular collection of Virago Modern Classics, in celebration of our 40th anniversary. The entire collection, plus a hardback anthology, Writers As Readers, features artwork by the incredible illustrator, Yehrin Tong.   THE MAGIC TOYSHOP by Angela Carter · Introduction by Carmen Callil THE…

Virago Modern Classics 40th

Celebrating 40 Years of Virago Modern Classics

“Forty years ago, the Virago Modern Classics list was created by Carmen Callil, and it isn’t an overstatement to say that it changed literary history.” To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Virago Modern Classics, this May Virago Press are publishing a baker’s dozen of stunning, deluxe paperbacks, designed by Hannah Wood and featuring artwork by…

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…

Give a Virago

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 ….