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OurShelves with special guest Chibundu Onuzo

  What can we learn from African women’s movements? If you knew about the women who fought a freedom war in 1914 Nigeria, would it alter your view of feminist history? Chibundu Onuzo, award-winning author […]

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Read Barbara Pym

Barbara Pym (1913–1980) was born in Oswestry, Shrop shire. She was educated at Huyton College, Liverpool, and St Hilda’s College, Oxford, where she gained an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature. During the war […]

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The Growing Summer Extract

Reenmore The first impression of Great-Aunt Dymphna was that she was more like an enormous bird than a great- aunt. This was partly because she wore a black cape, which seemed to flap behind her […]

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Sandi Toksvig on Poison for Teacher

INTRODUCTION   ‘The world of books: romantic, idle, shiftless world so beautiful, so cheap compared with living’ – NANCY SPAIN   I never met Nancy Spain, and I’ve been worrying that we might not have […]

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Marilynne Robinson, a Reader’s Guide.

‘I have found that when you write a novel, a character never actually leaves you from that point on.’   MARILYNNE ROBINSON   Regarded as one of America’s most important, graceful and original writers, Marilynne […]

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Read an extract from Jack by Marilynne Robinson

Return to Gilead one more time. In this fourth and final novel in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead series we learn more about Jack Boughton – the loved and grieved-over prodigal son. Set before Gilead, Home and Lila, just after World […]

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On Writing The Light of Days

One of the most important untold stories of World War II, The Light of Days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who inspired Poland’s Jewish youth […]

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OurShelves with special guest C Pam Zhang

  How can you create your own world when this one doesn’t serve you? Join as we radically restructure myths, stories and genres – from the American West to fairy tales and nineties pop icons. […]

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Guest Blog Post | Animal Truths: The Use of Animals in Folklore and Legend

To celebrate the paperback publication of How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang we welcomed author Mahsuda Snaith to the blog to discuss the ways animals are used in folklore and legend. Mahsuda’s […]

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Read an extract from Susan Spindler’s Surrogate

Long afterwards, when Ruth looked back, searching for an untroubled time – before she lost her footing and the family tilted out of control – she settled on the memory of her birthday lunch, ten […]

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Global Recycling Day | What can YOU do?

The 18th March marks Global Recycling Day, a day for us to reflect on the climate emergency and consider what we can do to live in a more ethical and ecological way.   According to Global […]

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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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