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Read an extract from Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain

First published sixty years ago, Sunlight on a Broken Column is an unforgettable coming-of-age story set against the tumultuous background of Partition. Laila, orphaned daughter of a distinguished Muslim family, is brought up in her grandfather’s traditional […]

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Read an extract from Palmares by Gayl Jones

Palmares hails the return of a major voice in literature – ‘the best American novelist whose name you may not know’ (Atlantic). Gayl Jones was first discovered and edited by Toni Morrison, and her talent was […]

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Sankofa Extract

  1   My mother was six months’ dead when I opened the trunk I found under her bed. I opened the trunk on the same day her headstone was laid. Rose, my daughter, accompanied […]

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The Growing Summer Extract

Reenmore The first impression of Great-Aunt Dymphna was that she was more like an enormous bird than a great- aunt. This was partly because she wore a black cape, which seemed to flap behind her […]

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Sandi Toksvig on Poison for Teacher

INTRODUCTION   ‘The world of books: romantic, idle, shiftless world so beautiful, so cheap compared with living’ – NANCY SPAIN   I never met Nancy Spain, and I’ve been worrying that we might not have […]

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Read an extract from Jack by Marilynne Robinson

Return to Gilead one more time. In this fourth and final novel in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead series we learn more about Jack Boughton – the loved and grieved-over prodigal son. Set before Gilead, Home and Lila, just after World […]

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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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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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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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An Extract from Lullaby Beach

No more days, no more times, no more tides. No more secrets. A compelling novel about family secrets and the legacy of trauma, set against the changing fortunes of an English seaside town, from award-winning writer […]

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Win a Year of Virago Books

Win a Year of Virago Books   This December we’re thrilled to offer our wonderful community the opportunity to win a ‘year of Virago books!’ Featuring both our agenda-setting non-fiction and award-winning fiction, we’ve got […]

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