Upcoming Books

An Extract from Foreign Brides by Elena Lappin

Peacocks A short story from Foreign Brides – an extract The strangest thing about this house is that the boiler is in the attic. Whenever the heating goes off, which happens quite often, Vera has to climb up the old aluminium ladder, squeeze through the narrow square opening in the floorboards and relight the pilot….

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…

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…

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 fiction highlights for 2016

We’ve got an exciting year of books ahead at Virago. Here’s a personal selection of our new fiction highlights for 2016:   Rush Oh! is set in late 19th Century New South Wales.  It tells the story of one whaling family’s unlikely relationship with a pod of orcas (and the narrator’s ardent crush on a…