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Read an extract from What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

  Read an extract from What Are You Going Through, an unexpectedly life-affirming novel about choosing to die by National Book Award winner and bestselling author of The Friend, Sigrid Nunez.    It’s down to two […]

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OurShelves with special guest Deborah Frances-White

  What does it take to be open to change? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, creator of the hit podcast and book of the same name, The Guilty […]

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Read an extract from The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin

In Chia-Chia Lin’s piercing debut novel, The Unpassing, we meet a Taiwanese immigrant family of six struggling to make ends meet on the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska. The father, hardworking but beaten down, is employed […]

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The Landscape of a House by Chia-Chia Lin

I’m often asked about the southcentral Alaskan landscape in The Unpassing – the spruce forests, the sparse coasts, the long summer days, the beached whale. The outdoor setting offers solace to the characters, but it […]

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Read an extract from Home by Marilynne Robinson

In anticipation of the release of Jack we’re revisiting each novel in the Gilead quartet. Here is an extract from Women’s Prize winning novel, Home. Jack Boughton – prodigal son – has been gone twenty […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: South Riding by Winifred Holtby

    Virago Modern Classics Book Club JULY 2020 SOUTH RIDING by Winifred Holtby This August, in honour of Yorkshire Day our Book of the Month is South Riding by Winifred Holtby. South Riding is […]

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Celebrating Yorkshire Day

Celebrate Yorkshire Day with this Yorkshire-themed reading list, featuring brilliant authors or fabulous yarns from God’s Own County! Whether you’re from there, have visited or have only travelled via the pages of a good book, […]

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OurShelves with special guest Lennie Goodings

  How much courage does it take to write? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Lennie Goodings, Chair of Virago Press and author of A Bite of the Apple. We dive into stories […]

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Win an illustrated profile picture!

To celebrate the publication of The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes we are offering TWENTY PEOPLE the chance to win an illustrated profile picture, drawn by Eleanor herself! To enter simply […]

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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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