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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Noel Streatfeild’s Holiday Stories

  Virago Modern Classics Book Club JULY 2019 Noel Streatfeild’s Holiday Stories by Noel Streatfeild Our book of the month this July is Noel Streatfeild’s Holiday Stories – perfectly nostalgic summer holiday reading! In this captivating new collection, there are stories for every reader to enjoy: unforgettable holidays and unlikely friendships, crime-solving adventures and dancers in the […]

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Celebrating Forty Years of Margaret Atwood

To mark the publication of Margaret Atwood’s new novel, The Testaments and to celebrate forty years of publishing with Virago – her novel Surfacing was one of the first Virago Modern Classics in 1979 – Virago are publishing on August 22 2019, four of her novels as Collector’s Editions. In paperback at £9.99 in stunning new designs with flaps and foil, these four books: Cat’s Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin are some of her greatest novels.

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Read an extract from A Stranger City by Linda Grant

When a dead body is found in the Thames, caught in the chains of HMS Belfast, it begins a search for a missing woman and confirms a sense that in London a person can become invisible once outside their community – and that assumes they even have a community. A policeman, a documentary film-maker and an Irish nurse named Chrissie all respond to the death of the unknown woman in their own ways. London is a place of random meetings, shifting relationships – and some, like Chrissie intersect with many. The film-maker and the policeman meanwhile have safe homes with wives – or do they? An immigrant family speaks their own language only privately; they have managed to integrate – or have they? The wonderful Linda Grant weaves a tale around ideas of home; how London can be a place of exile or expulsion, how home can be a physical place or an idea. How all our lives intersect and how coincidence or the randomness of birth place can decide how we live and with whom.

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Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

  We are delighted to share the beautiful cover for Jessica J. Lee’s new book, Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration and Taiwan.   Part-nature writing, part-biography and beautifully written, Two Trees Make a Forest traces the natural and human stories that shaped an island and a family. Jessica is the author of Turning: Lessons […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

Our book of the month this June is The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister – the inspiration for the HBO/BBC series: Gentleman Jack.

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Discover The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

  Gentleman Jack has been such a resounding success that BBC/HBO have already commissioned the second series – welcome news indeed. It’s a satisfying period drama but with a modern twist in both its subject and approach: tantalisingly, the wealthy landowner in search of a wife is a woman; and playfully, this thoroughly modern woman […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Collected Stories

by Grace Paley Virago Modern Classics Book Club May 2019 The Collected Stories of Grace Paley   This May our Virago Modern Classics Book Club selection is The Collected Stories of Grace Paley. Regarded as one of the finest American short story writers and admired by George Saunders, Susan Sontag and Salman Rushdie, this collection […]

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Five Feminist Things I’m Excited About Right Now.

By Deborah Frances-White   Emilia: This West End play is the story of Emilia Lanier, the first female professional poet in England. She’s my Elizabethan pin-up and girl crush. A hilarious call to arms that’ll make your heart swell. https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/emilia/   A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes: A book about the Trojan War told from an […]

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Julia Bueno shares 5 books to read for Maternal Health Awareness Week

Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence by Rozsika Parker The vacillation of love and hate that many women feel toward their children is an unspoken subject that feeds maternal shame. This is a thoughtful working through of that taboo, with a confident message that should reassure: hateful feelings are not only normal, but […]

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Memento Mori | VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it.   This April our #VMC40 book of the month is Memento Mori by Muriel Spark   Memento Mori […]

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A Timely Reissue

  Reading Rule Britannia you would be forgiven for thinking Daphne du Maurier predicted Brexit.   This prescient novel, first published nearly 50 years ago, explores a future where Britain has separated from Europe in favour of a political, economic and military alliance with the United States.   ‘It is rather awful, Emma thought as she walked across the fields down to […]

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Naomi Wolf, On Tour

  Naomi Wolf is back.   The inimitable Naomi Wolf is back this May with her new book: Outrages. The bestselling author of The Beauty Myth, Vagina and The End of America illuminates a dramatic history – how the Obscene Publications Act of 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting to our day. At […]

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