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Where to start with Marilynne Robinson’s novels

Marilynne Robinson is widely considered to be one of America’s greatest writers and thinkers, counting among her accolodes the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Pen award. Her novels […]

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London in Lockdown by Linda Grant

With restrictions beginning to ease author Linda Grant shares what she has discovered about herself, her neighbours and her city during lockdown. The flat is on a road which dissects east-west the brow of a […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Wedding by Dorothy West

    Virago Modern Classics Book Club JULY 2020 THE WEDDING by Dorothy West This July our Book of the Month is The Wedding by Dorothy West. Long out of print, this incredible novel by […]

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Read an extract from Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O’Donoghue

After a tough few years floundering around the British film industry, experimenting with amateur pornography and watching her father’s health rapidly decline, Charlie and her best friend Laura journey to her ancestral home of Clipim, […]

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Discover Elizabeth Taylor’s A View of the Harbour

  ‘“Interesting,” he observed, “what two people can make of the same view. We all see places a bit different to what the next man does.”’ There are so many reasons I love Elizabeth Taylor: […]

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Eleanor Crewes and The Times I Knew I Was Gay

  A tender and funny graphic memoir about identity, love and Willow from Buffy Ellie always knew she was different. Contrary and creative, she wore black, obsessed over Willow in Buffy and somehow never really liked boys. As […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Trans Like Me by C N Lester

‘One of the year’s most important books on transgender identity’ Gay Times   Read an extract from this eye-opening book. CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing […]

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The Secret Lives of Fathers by Marjorie Celona

 For the most part, parents are the villains of literary fiction. In lieu of zombies, aliens and murderers, we have ‘depressed mom’ and ‘alcoholic, abusive dad’. Or vice versa. They fuck you up, your mum […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet

Read an extract from the true classic that is Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet. A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King – oyster girl turned music-hall […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Mary Renault’s The Charioteer

In the first of our Pride 2020 extracts, discover The Charioteer by Mary Renault. First published in 1953, The Charioteer is a tender, intelligent coming-of-age novel and a bold, unapologetic portrayal of homosexuality that stands with Gore Vidal’s The […]

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Celebrate Pride with Virago

During this unusual time, celebrate Pride from the comfort of your own home by discovering this carefully curated list of LGBTQIA+ reads. Here’s a selection of our books that centre of LGBTQIA+ themes, have LGBTQIA+ […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: A View of The Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor

    Virago Modern Classics Book Club JUNE 2020 A VIEW OF THE HARBOUR by Elizabeth Taylor This June our Book of the Month is A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor, an unforgettable […]

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