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Tips from the Original Self-Isolators | Sarah Waters

  Our brilliant authors are champions of self-isolation. We’ve turned to them for tips and tricks for staying productive and motivated in these strange times.   Sarah Waters suggests ditching the jim-jams, setting yourself targets […]

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Lessons from our grandmothers

‘What I’m saying — and nobody will tell you this but me — is that your hair is going to be frizzy. All of the time. You’ll be beside yourself.’ Bess Kalb has saved every […]

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Notes on Resilience by Sonia Purnell

They are the golden moments of a writer’s life: when readers reveal that your book has helped them in a time of fear, distress or exhaustion. Consider, then, how poignant it was for me to […]

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WIN TWENTY VIRAGO BOOKS!

To celebrating hitting 20K followers on Instagram we are giving our wonderful community the chance to WIN TWENTY VIRAGO BOOKS!   Enter for your chance to win a twenty book bundle, including:   Nobody Will […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Virago Modern Classics Book Club April 2020 THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett This April our Book of the Month is beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The […]

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Celebrating Maya Angelou’s Birthday

  Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world’s most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned […]

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How Much of These Hills is Gold | Early Extract

On 9th April we will publish this year’s literary publishing sensation, How Much of These Hills is Gold by debut author C Pam Zhang. We’ve decided to share a short extract to give you flavour […]

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10 Classics to Discover this International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Virago team are sharing their starter for ten. From Angelou to Atwood and from Hurston to Waters, here are ten classic reads by ten incomparable Viragos for you to […]

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How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona

Extract   How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona   A compelling literary mystery about the dark corners in a small community, from Marjorie Celona, whose award-winning debut novel Y was praised by Evie […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Women’s Room by Marilyn French

    Virago Modern Classics Book Club March 2020 THE WOMEN’S ROOM by Marilyn French This March our Book of the Month is The Women’s Room by Marilyn French, a landmark in feminist literature – […]

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Vol. II

  Read an extract from The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Vol. II     Preface   My involvement with the life of Anne Lister began with a visit to the Calderdale Archives one […]

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Jack by Marilynne Robinson

Virago announces Marilynne Robinson’s thrilling new novel, JACK – making her famous Gilead novels a quartet   Revisiting her beloved characters and settings and joining Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Home, winner of the […]

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