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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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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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