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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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Read an extract from Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

In anticipation of the release of Jack we’re revisiting the novel where it all began, Gilead. In 1956, towards the end of Reverend John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son. This […]

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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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Read an extract from Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O’Donoghue

After a tough few years floundering around the British film industry, experimenting with amateur pornography and watching her father’s health rapidly decline, Charlie and her best friend Laura journey to her ancestral home of Clipim, […]

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Discover Elizabeth Taylor’s A View of the Harbour

  ‘“Interesting,” he observed, “what two people can make of the same view. We all see places a bit different to what the next man does.”’ There are so many reasons I love Elizabeth Taylor: […]

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Eleanor Crewes and The Times I Knew I Was Gay

  A tender and funny graphic memoir about identity, love and Willow from Buffy Ellie always knew she was different. Contrary and creative, she wore black, obsessed over Willow in Buffy and somehow never really liked boys. As […]

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