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Emma Watson loves Virago!

In January this year Emma Watson launched her feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, inspired by her own exploration of brilliant literature about women and equality. As she wrote at the time, ‘there is so […]

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The Virago Modern Classics Gift Range

To celebrate the long-standing heritage of Virago Modern Classics and the designers who made the hardback range such a success, in Autumn 2015 we launched three sets of mugs and notebooks based on some of […]

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Read an extract from Darling Days

Her Chapter 1 Babygirl’s Gun  13 Third Avenue, New York City, 1982   She said he gave her the little gun because it was classy and elegant, like her. A feminine twist of metal and […]

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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 […]

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Why you need to read the punchy, bold and urgent I Call Myself a Feminist

At the beginning of June, we published I Call Myself a Feminist in paperback. Punchy, bold and urgent, here’s why you need to read it:   ‘Full of spirit, candour and good sense . . . […]

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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 […]

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Shena Mackay – the new addition to the Virago Modern Classics list

Shena Mackay came to fame when she published her first book, written in her teens, with Andre Deutsch. Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumberger/Toddler on the Run was published before she was twenty. Then, in the early […]

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Marilynne Robinson shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award

We are delighted to announce that Virago author, Marilynne Robinson, has been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, with Lila – published in paperback in 2015.   The International DUBLIN Literary Award is […]

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Read a short story from An Unrestored Woman, the stunning new collection of short stories from Shobha Rao

Author’s Note In August 1947, the decline of the British Empire on the Indian subcontinent led to the formation of two new sovereign states: India and Pakistan. The event, commonly known as Partition, led to […]

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Saving Safa: Rescuing a little girl from FGM

This month we were extremely proud to publish Waris Dirie’s, Saving Safa: Rescuing a little girl from FGM in paperback.   Waris Dirie is an extraordinary woman and important figure in the fight against FGM (female genital […]

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The Heart Goes Last paperback cover reveal

Virago has been proud to publish the inimitable Margaret Atwood since 1979, and so we are thrilled to reveal the cover for her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last, out in paperback on 4th August 2016. Sinister and wickedly […]

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Love Like Salt – the book that has inspired us to run a half marathon in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Editorial Director, Donna Coonan, shares her thoughts on Helen Stevenson’s poignant memoir, and the reasons that she and Poppy Stimpson, Helen’s publicist, are running a half marathon in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.   It […]

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