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VMC Book Club - Anne of Green Gables

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Anne of Green Gables

A childhood favourite that deserves a re-read. ‘Oh, it seems so wonderful that I’m going to live with you and belong to you. I’ve never belonged to anybody’ When a scrawny, freckled girl with bright red hair arrives on Prince Edward Island, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are taken by surprise; they’d asked for a quiet…

Buy any Sarah Waters ebook for £2.99 in July

This July marks 50 years since the creation of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts between men in England and Wales and helped give birth to the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the UK. Sarah Waters is well known for her contribution to LGBTQ literature – she has won two…

Nina Bawden on the VMC Children’s List

A squirrel, a pig and an evacuee. Three charming stories from one of our best loved children’s authors, Nina Bawden, are coming to the VMC children’s list. Keeping Henry – out of print for years – is available now, with The Peppermint Pig and Carrie’s War publishing in November this year. Grab your copy of…

Director Roger Michell introduces My Cousin Rachel

‘Is Rachel bad or good? Innocent or guilty, carnal or ‘pure’? Or does the truth lie somewhere else? Is she an anachronism, full of life, possessed of sound mind and spirit, enjoying her sexu-ality as and where and with whomsoever she might wish, a woman in a man’s world, determined to escape from the limitations…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club – The Charioteer

This July marks fifty years since the creation of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which decriminalized homesexual acts between men in England and Wales, and birthed the modern LGBTQ movement in Britain. With Pride Festival kicking off on Saturday 24th June, there couldn’t be a better time to shed some light on this (somewhat)…

Rebecca voted the Nation’s Favourite Book

To celebrate their 225th anniversary, WHSmith asked readers to vote for their favourite book of the last 225 years. Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, George Orwell and the Bronte sisters all made it to the shortlist, but trumping them all was Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Dark, thrilling, romantic and intriguing, Rebecca is a classic read and this announcement…

Virago Writing Tips: A Q&A with Susie Steiner

Readers and reviewers have fallen in love with your detective, Manon Bradshaw. What’s your top tip for creating a compelling central character? I think for a character to be real, you mustn’t sugar-coat them. Give them flaws, and I don’t mean adorable romcom flaws, like wearing wacky tights or shopping in flea markets. I mean…

Radical Hope

When award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers and activists including Junot Díaz, Mona Eltahawy,  Karen Joy Fowler, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Celeste Ng, Viet Thanh Nguyen,  Claire Messud,  Lisa See and Jane Smiley come together to write a collection of letters, you know it’s for an important cause. In the wake of Trump’s election, Radical Hope is…