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Stop the Clocks by Joan Bakewell stops the press

Joan Bakewell’s thoughtful, moving and spirited memoir left a lasting effect on us here at Virago.   The extraordinary woman has led a varied, sometimes breathless life: she has been a teacher, copywriter, studio manager, broadcaster, journalist, the government’s Voice of Older People and chair of the theatre company Shared Experience. She has written four…

Our non-fiction highlights for 2016

We’ve got an exciting year of books ahead at Virago. Here’s a personal selection of our new non-fiction highlights for 2016:   Molly Keane, friend of Elizabeth Bowen, one of the last of the great Anglo-Irish writers, author of the devastatingly brilliant Booker-shortlisted Good Behaviour is the subject of this memoir by a writer who…

Our books of 2015

Discover what the Virago team has loved reading this year, and the books we’ll be getting stuck into over the festive period. Sarah Waters’s The Paying Guests was a great success when we published in hardback last year and has continued to be a bestseller in paperback this year. It is vintage Sarah Waters in its intrigue, extraordinarily drawn…

How The Kingdom and the Cave came to be, by Lizza Aiken.

Joan Aiken MBE published over a hundred books in a career spanning six decades, and wrote her first story, The Kingdom and the Cave, when she was just 17. This November her story of the thrilling adventure of a cat and his boy is being published as a Virago Modern Classic for a whole new audience,…

Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby: A Friendship

Virago has recently reissued A Testament of Friendship by Vera Brittain, a moving account of her close bond with the writer (and fellow Virago author, of Virago Modern Classics such as South Riding), Winifred Holtby. In the Telegraph, Brittain’s biographer Mark Bostridge throws light on the story of their friendship. Click here to read more.