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On Writing The Light of Days

One of the most important untold stories of World War II, The Light of Days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who inspired Poland’s Jewish youth […]

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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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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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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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Why are folktales timelessly appealing?

The folktales of the British Isles tell stories of strange desires and troublingly alluring figures. They dig up remnants of old beliefs and patrol the shadowy borderlands between life and death. Folktales seize us with […]

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Hags at Hallowe’en

Hags at Hallowe’en By Professor Carolyne Larrington As the witching hour approaches we asked folklore expert, Professor Carolyne Larrington to tell us why Hallowe’en is such a powerful time for the Hag.   Hallowe’en is […]

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Rethinking Rebecca.

*SPOILER ALERT* If you’ve not read (or watched) Rebecca we recommend revisiting this article later.   Rebecca is a book that is not only read differently by each generation, but it brings to each reader, at […]

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Everything You Need to Know about Netflix’s Rebecca

Did you hear? Everyone’s favourite du Maurier novel is getting a shiny new adaptation!   Director Ben Wheatley has gone back to the book for inspiration for this fresh new look at a timeless story […]

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Your Planet Needs You!

Your Planet Needs You! is an informative and practical guide to the issues facing our planet and the steps we can take to make our future greener, fairer and more sustainable. The book – an […]

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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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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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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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