Upcoming Books

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”

After many requests from readers, in 2017 we’ll be publishing the entire Anne Shirley series by L. M. Montgomery as Virago Modern Classics. The series will have covers illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, who created the much loved covers for the Emily trilogy. Here are the books and covers in order.  L. M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley books in order…

Read the prologue to In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant

Florence, January 1502   You couldn’t call him tall; he was barely an inch bigger than her, and wiry in stature. His soot- black hair was cut unfashionably close to his head and his face, broad at the eyes, tapered via a thin nose to a sharp clean- shaven chin. The word weasel had come to mind when they first…

The Virago Halloween reading list 👻

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve? Here are just a few suggestions in our Halloween reading list.   Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier With one of the most famous first lines in literature, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has all of the elements that make for a chilling tale,…

A London Lies Beneath Walk

A London Lies Beneath guided London Walk from Trafalgar Square to East Street Market The celebrate the publication of London Lies Beneath, Stella Duffy takes us on a guided London walk from Trafalgar Square to East Street Market… The first chapter of London Lies Beneath is a speedy spin through the beginnings of London, from swamp to…

Fifty Shades . . . of Feminism

Everyone’s talking about Fifty Shades again this week.* We can only assume they’re celebrating our recent paperback release of Fifty Shades of Feminism, the seminal, eye-opening, downright essential collection of short takes on feminism today! Is being a woman all about submitting to desire?  There are many more shades than that . . . and here are fifty…

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 pearl. Lethal, like her. She kept it under her pillow “just in case.” Her bed was, is, and always will…

For green fingered Viragos . . .

The virtues of getting your hands dirty and growing something for yourself have long been extolled, but many of us just don’t know where to start. First published in 1995, The Virago Book of Women Gardeners is reissued this month in hardback.  Including gardening tips, inspiring ideas, and bold visions from writers including Stevie Smith, Edith Wharton and…

A short story from Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress

The Freeze–Dried Groom     The next thing is that his car won’t start. It’s the fault of the freak cold snap, caused by the polar vortex – a term that’s already spawned a bunch of online jokes by stand-up comics about their wives’ vaginas. Sam can relate to that. Before she finally cut him off,…