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Guest Blog Post | Animal Truths: The Use of Animals in Folklore and Legend

To celebrate the paperback publication of How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang we welcomed author Mahsuda Snaith to the blog to discuss the ways animals are used in folklore and legend. Mahsuda’s […]

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Read an extract from Susan Spindler’s Surrogate

Long afterwards, when Ruth looked back, searching for an untroubled time – before she lost her footing and the family tilted out of control – she settled on the memory of her birthday lunch, ten […]

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Global Recycling Day | What can YOU do?

The 18th March marks Global Recycling Day, a day for us to reflect on the climate emergency and consider what we can do to live in a more ethical and ecological way.   According to Global […]

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Virago and the many faces of motherhood

Virago commissioning editors have different tastes, backgrounds, life experiences, ages and interests – and yet we realised recently that many of the books we’re publishing over the next year are about motherhood. Our Chair Lennie […]

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In celebration of World Poetry Day . . .

Celebrate World Poetry Day on the 21st of March 2021 with Virago Books. We’ve gathered some of our favourite poetry collections published by us here at Virago that we think you’ll love. Share your favourite […]

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Give Us Freedom, The Story of the Book

Who was the all-time top goal scorer in the 2019 World Cup? Who but the quicksilver forward of the Brazilian women’s football team, Marta Vieira da Silva? When I was a girl, we never played […]

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OurShelves with special guest Justine Cowan

  How can you be a strong woman in a world that’s not built for you? Justine Cowan is an attorney used to fighting environmental cases against huge corporations but writing about her mother’s childhood […]

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Virago to Publish Fran Lebowitz

Virago will publish a collection of essays by Fran Lebowitz later this year. Fran Lebowitz is a New York legend. Arriving in the city over fifty years ago, she made her name as a columnist […]

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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month with Virago

This LGBTQ history month dive into the Virago Modern Classics list and discover some of our glorious, queer novels. You know and love Mary Renault’s The Charioteer and The Well of Loneliness has been on your shelf for years […]

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Stella Duffy on Lullaby Beach

To celebrate the publication of Lullaby Beach we welcomed author Stella Duffy to the Virago blog. Lullaby Beach is out 4th Feb 2021. * * * I love writing about ‘ordinary’ people. All ordinary people are also […]

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OurShelves with special guest Riva Leher

  What do monsters do for us? Join Lucy Scholes for a powerful conversation with Riva Lehrer, artist, activist and author of Golem Girl, her beautifully illustrated memoir about living with disability. From the history […]

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An Extract from One Night New York

NEW YORK CITY Winter solstice, 21 December 1932 16.45 Her initial shock at the height had faded, but if Frances moved close to the edge, if she tipped her head over the waist-height balustrade, the […]

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