Reviews

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Read an Extract | The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Praised by The Wall Street Journal as ‘a beautiful book . . . crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love,’ and by Marie Claire as ‘ a poignant reflection on loss and companionship,’ The Friend is a stunning meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

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Incendiaries

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This competition is now closed.   If you’ve already read the extract from The Incendiaries we shared earlier this month, it will come as no surprise that the critics are  raving about R. O. Kwon’s stunning debut. The novel is part fractured love story, part brilliant exploration into the minds of extremist terrorists and completely riveting. Take…

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…

Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad with this Riveting Memoir

In her powerful memoir,  I Was Told To Come Alone, Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet takes readers on a remarkable journey beyond the ominous headlines about terrorism, putting a human face on it. As a Muslim woman who was born and educated in Germany, Mekhennet has had to balance both sides of her upbringing—Muslim and Western. This background has given her…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club- Deep Water

February’s Virago Modern Classic book club selection was Deep Water, by the ‘original, gloriously twisted Queen of suspense’ Patricia Highsmith. The novel was first published in 1957, and counts Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn among it’s many fans. The Virago Modern Classic edition includes material from Flynn, taken from her Wall Street Journal interview on the…

Our favourite Margaret Atwood books

To celebrate the publication of The Heart Goes Last in paperback, we asked the Virago team to tell us about some of their other favourite Margaret Atwood books…   About The Heart Goes Last: Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their…

Books Beyond Borders

In light of recent events, we’re celebrating cultures outside of the UK that contribute to our diverse range of front list and Virago Modern Classic titles.   In Diamond Square, first published in 1962, is relatively unknown out of Spain, yet it is the most acclaimed Catalan novel of all time. Set in Barcelona during…

Acclaim for Susan Fletcher's brilliant new novel

Let us tell you about a very special book

In June, we published the new novel from Susan Fletcher, Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew, which tells the story of Vincent van Gogh’s last years in Provence in the hospital of Saint-Paul-de Mausole – home to the mentally ill. This beautiful book has been receiving wonderful praise from all quarters –…

Incredible reviews for Love Like Salt

In March we published Love Like Salt, a beautifully lyrical, moving memoir by Helen Stevenson.   When she discovered that her baby daughter had cystic fibrosis, one of the most common incurable inherited diseases, Helen Stevenson stopped writing, feeling she needed every ounce of her strength to protect her child: ‘Some of it I did…