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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Lolly Willowes

Our Book of the Month for October is Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner ‘The novel sharply undercuts its genteel appearance to reveal a dark and visceral heart… An elegantly enchanting tale that transcends its era’ – Observer Lolly Willowes is a twenty-eight-year-old spinster when her adored father dies, leaving her dependent upon her brothers and…

Virago to publish The Last Girl

‘Telling my story of first, surviving genocide and then, as a captive of ISIS is not easy, but people must know.’ Nadia Murad is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations. She is also a courageous young Yazidi woman who…

Lara Thompson

Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award And read an extract from the 1930s Manhattan-set detective story that won lecturer Lara Thompson a book deal   By Lily Peschardt – originally published on The Pool.   We are delighted to announce that Virago and The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award is Lara Thompson for her…

Alias Grace – coming to Netflix 3rd November

Wondering what will fill The Handmaid’s Tale shaped hole in your home entertainment schedule? Look no further than Alias Grace, the brilliant adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel starring Sarah Gadon, which will air on Netflix from 3rd November.  Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along…

The Glass Castle – in cinemas October 6th

The adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ New York Times bestseller, The Glass Castle, will be in cinemas on October 6th. Starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson, it is a startling adaptation of the heartbreaking story of a successful journalist’s journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled…

Meet the winner of Virago and The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement 

Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement Sarah Savitt, Publisher at Virago, and Sam Baker, Co-Founder and CEO of The Pool, are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award is Lara Thompson for her debut novel One Night, New York. Val McDermid gave Thompson the award in person today…

The Vet’s Daughter

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Vet’s Daughter

  Our Book of the Month for September is a witty and touching classic: The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns. ‘A small Gothic masterpiece . . . I have read it many times, and with every re-read I marvel again at its many qualities – its darkness, its strangeness, its humour, its sadness, its startling images and twists of…

#ViragoReads

#ViragoReads

Team Virago’s Recommended Reads: With just a few weeks of summer left, the Virago team have been contemplating their favourite summer reads. With suggestions ranging from Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire to Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (plus a Virago title each, thrown in for good measure) we had to share our summer reads recommendations. Read…