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Enter the Stylist and Virago short story competition

This competition is now closed. Read the winning story here.    In October, we publish four of Daphne du Maurier’s short story collections in brand new Virago Modern Classic jackets, so to celebrate the queen of the […]

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Our favourite Margaret Atwood books

To celebrate the publication of The Heart Goes Last in paperback, we asked the Virago team to tell us about some of their other favourite Margaret Atwood books…   About The Heart Goes Last: Stan and […]

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Margaret Atwood introduces The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood has been with Virago for nearly forty years and in that time we’ve published over thirty of her amazing books.  Welcome to the outrageous imagination of one of the greatest writers in the […]

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Books Beyond Borders

In light of recent events, we’re celebrating cultures outside of the UK that contribute to our diverse range of front list and Virago Modern Classic titles.   In Diamond Square, first published in 1962, is […]

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Our summer reading recommendations

Find out what the Virago team has been reading so far this year, and which books we are planning on packing in our suitcases this summer. I’ve been captivated by Susan Fletcher’s novel, Let Me Tell You About […]

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Lennie Goodings on Valley of the Dolls at fifty

Virago publisher, Lennie Goodings, shares her first experience of reading Jacqueline Susann’s multi-million best-selling book, Valley of the Dolls. I was 14 years old; a small-town, naïve Canadian girl. One of my friend’s parents had […]

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Why you need to read the punchy, bold and urgent I Call Myself a Feminist

At the beginning of June, we published I Call Myself a Feminist in paperback. Punchy, bold and urgent, here’s why you need to read it:   ‘Full of spirit, candour and good sense . . . […]

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Incredible reviews for Love Like Salt

In March we published Love Like Salt, a beautifully lyrical, moving memoir by Helen Stevenson.   When she discovered that her baby daughter had cystic fibrosis, one of the most common incurable inherited diseases, Helen […]

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Thirteen Daphne du Maurier facts for Friday 13th

Friday 13th May, marks the 109th anniversary of the birth of Daphne du Maurier, one of the best-loved authors of the twentieth century. Here, we’ve compiled 13 facts about the author and her work. 1.A truly […]

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Brand new Daphne du Maurier editions as Virago Modern Classics

One of the best loved authors on the Virago Modern Classics list, Daphne du Maurier needs no introduction. This May, we’re adding three beautiful new paperback editions of her books to our collection, with more […]

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When War Came to Barsetshire – the latest in Angela Thirkell’s beloved series

This month, we publish the next of the Virago Modern Classic editions of Angela Thirkell’s best loved Barsetshire series. Here, lecturer and literary historian Kate Macdonald explains the context and enduring appeal of Thirkell’s comic fiction.  […]

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Frances Weetman wins the inaugural Virago/New Statesman Women’s Prize for Politics and Economics

The Virago/New Statesman Award for a new woman economic and political writer has been won by Frances Weetman.  A graduate of Durham University, from Newcastle, Frances Weetman was the unanimous choice of the four judges. […]

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