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OurShelves with special guest Susie Boyt

OurShelves: Heroics with Susie Boyt How do we get through the difficult days? Susie Boyt, author and theatre director, got through the pandemic by walking for miles listening to poetry podcasts to replace the conversations […]

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OurShelves with special guest Edith Widder

OurShelves: Hope with Dr Edith Widder How can we find light in the dark? Oceanographer, marine biologist and author of Below the Edge of Darkness, Edie Widder’s life has been as fascinating as the animals […]

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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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Support Women in Afghanistan

Support Women in Afghanistan As cities fall under Taliban control across Afghanistan, reports are emerging of the devastating impact on women and girls. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross women and children […]

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Where to start with Gayl Jones

This September Virago are publishing Palmares the first new book from Gayl Jones in over two decades. Gayl Jones was first discovered and edited by Toni Morrison, and her talent was praised by writers including Maya Angelou, […]

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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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OurShelves with special guest Kamila Shamsie

OurShelves: Courage with Kamila Shamsie Is writing a muscle? Kamila Shamsie, prize winning novelist, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Granta Best of Young British author, talks to Lucy Scholes about her great-aunt, […]

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Virago recommendations for International Friendship Day

This International Friendship Day we’re sharing all our favourite reads that centre pals, mates, buds and besties. From a manual from top podcasters on how to value your friendships, to a novel about one woman’s […]

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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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Introducing Attia Hosain

This August we will publish Attia Hosain’s compelling classic novel, Sunlight on a Broken Column, and her powerful collection of short stories, Phoenix Fled.  Attia Hosain (1913–1998) was born in Lucknow and educated at La Martiniere […]

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Your Planet Needs You | Teaching Guide

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Have a candid, engaging conversation with your children about Climate Change this World Environment Day, with a little help from the Your Plant Needs You! Teaching Guide (prepared by Shapes for Schools). The teaching […]

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OurShelves with special guest Austin Channing Brown

  Who is your feminism for? Austin Channing Brown was named by parents who deliberately wanted people to presume their daughter was a white man when applying for jobs. Now a speaker and writer working […]

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