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Amal Clooney on Nadia Murad: An extract from The Last Girl

  Nadia Murad survived genocide and captivity at the hands of ISIS and is now working with Amal Clooney to fight ISIS on behalf of her people. In this extract from the foreword to her […]

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I’m With Nadia

  On 9th November, Virago publish The Last Girl, the remarkable and courageous story of twenty-three year old Yazidi woman Nadia Murad who is working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Excellent Women

  This November we are reading Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women. One of the most endearingly amusing English novels of the twentieth century – Alexander McCall Smith Mildred Lathbury is one of those ‘excellent women’ who is […]

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Q&A with Margaret Atwood

  Fresh from receiving the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Franz Kafka award in Prague, Margaret Atwood can now look forward to a brilliant six part […]

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How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang coming Spring 2019

Debut novel about Chinese-American sisters in the American West, during the Gold Rush, pre-empted by Virago Press ‘I was left stunned by this book. It’s not just a new Western; it’s an entirely fresh narrative […]

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Tipping the Velvet 20th Anniversary Edition

‘What fun it was to write! That’s what I remember most about it: the fun, the fizz, the exhilaration of putting it together, page by page. I owe Tipping the Velvet a great deal… It […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Lolly Willowes

Our Book of the Month for October is Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner ‘The novel sharply undercuts its genteel appearance to reveal a dark and visceral heart… An elegantly enchanting tale that transcends its […]

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Virago | New Statesman Women’s Prize for Politics & Economics

Virago and the New Statesman are sorry to announce that we are cancelling the Women’s Prize for Politics & Economics competition and no prize will be awarded this year. Thank you to all who sent […]

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Virago to publish The Last Girl

  ‘Telling my story of first, surviving genocide and then, as a captive of ISIS is not easy, but people must know.’ Nadia Murad is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the first Goodwill Ambassador […]

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Lara Thompson on winning the first Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award

  Lara Thompson talks Vietnamese food, secret writing and how it felt to win the first ‘Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award’.   I was in my favourite Vietnamese restaurant, alone, with a spring roll […]

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Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

  Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award And read an extract from the 1930s Manhattan-set detective story that won lecturer Lara Thompson a book deal   By Lily Peschardt – originally published on The […]

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Alias Grace – coming to Netflix 3rd November

  Wondering what will fill The Handmaid’s Tale shaped hole in your home entertainment schedule? Look no further than Alias Grace, the brilliant adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel starring Sarah Gadon, which will air […]

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