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Highsmith competition T’s and C’s

To enter to win a one set of This Sweet Sickness, Two Faces of January and People Who Knock on the Door by Patricia Highsmith, simply let us know your suggestion for a collective noun for the series @ViragoPress on Twitter by 12am BST 03.06.16.  Terms & Conditions: 1            This is a prize draw for…

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…

Food and Loathing

In Food and Loathing a bright, chubby girl believes that thinness is next to godliness and so attends one of the first meetings of Overeaters Anonymous in 1975. Her twenties are marked by yo-yo dieting, depressive episodes and a sadistic shrink. Then, just as her dream of being a writer is within reach, entering Columbia’s…

mrs palfrey at the claremont virago modern classic new cover

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – a Virago Modern Classic

Next month we reissue Elizabeth Taylor’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont to celebrate the book’s 45th Anniversary, with a new cover inspired by the original publication in 1971. In this tale of age and friendship, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric…

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 mutilation). Waris, a Somali model activist, published her first book Desert Flower in 1999. Desert flower is the meaning of Waris Dirie’s…

The Heart Goes Last cover Margaret Atwood

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 funny, in The Heart Goes Last Atwood tells the story of a near-future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless…