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Virago and the many faces of motherhood

Virago commissioning editors have different tastes, backgrounds, life experiences, ages and interests – and yet we realised recently that many of the books we’re publishing over the next year are about motherhood. Our Chair Lennie […]

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In celebration of World Poetry Day . . .

Celebrate World Poetry Day on the 21st of March 2021 with Virago Books. We’ve gathered some of our favourite poetry collections published by us here at Virago that we think you’ll love. Share your favourite […]

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OurShelves with special guest R.O. Kwon

  How can reading rewire your brain? After a childhood spent calling Henry James her ‘dude’ and Evelyn Waugh her ‘friend’ R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, talks to Lucy Scholes about how determinedly […]

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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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OurShelves with special guest Justine Cowan

  How can you be a strong woman in a world that’s not built for you? Justine Cowan is an attorney used to fighting environmental cases against huge corporations but writing about her mother’s childhood […]

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Virago to Publish Fran Lebowitz

Virago will publish a collection of essays by Fran Lebowitz later this year. Fran Lebowitz is a New York legend. Arriving in the city over fifty years ago, she made her name as a columnist […]

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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month with Virago

This LGBTQ history month dive into the Virago Modern Classics list and discover some of our glorious, queer novels. You know and love Mary Renault’s The Charioteer and The Well of Loneliness has been on your shelf for years […]

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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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OurShelves with special guest Riva Leher

  What do monsters do for us? Join Lucy Scholes for a powerful conversation with Riva Lehrer, artist, activist and author of Golem Girl, her beautifully illustrated memoir about living with disability. From the history […]

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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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Virago to publish memoir from Dame Eileen Atkins

Will She Do?   Dame Eileen Atkins, aged 86, writes her memoir for Virago, to be published in October 2021.   Will She Do? is the story of a girl from a council estate in […]

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Virago and the Emerging Writers Programme

Virago have partnered with the London Library on their Emerging Writers Programme, which offers unpublished writers, in all genres, one year’s membership of The London Library alongside writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support […]

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