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Reading Recommendations

Virago recommendations for International Friendship Day

This International Friendship Day we’re sharing all our favourite reads that centre pals, mates, buds and besties. From a manual from top podcasters on how to value your friendships, to a novel about one woman’s […]

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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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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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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month with Virago

This LGBTQ history month dive into the Virago Modern Classics list and discover some of our glorious, queer novels. You know and love Mary Renault’s The Charioteer and The Well of Loneliness has been on your shelf for years […]

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Why are folktales timelessly appealing?

The folktales of the British Isles tell stories of strange desires and troublingly alluring figures. They dig up remnants of old beliefs and patrol the shadowy borderlands between life and death. Folktales seize us with […]

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Everything You Need to Know about Netflix’s Rebecca

Did you hear? Everyone’s favourite du Maurier novel is getting a shiny new adaptation!   Director Ben Wheatley has gone back to the book for inspiration for this fresh new look at a timeless story […]

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Celebrating Yorkshire Day

Celebrate Yorkshire Day with this Yorkshire-themed reading list, featuring brilliant authors or fabulous yarns from God’s Own County! Whether you’re from there, have visited or have only travelled via the pages of a good book, […]

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Where to start with Marilynne Robinson’s novels

Marilynne Robinson is widely considered to be one of America’s greatest writers and thinkers, counting among her accolodes the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Pen award. Her novels […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Trans Like Me by C N Lester

‘One of the year’s most important books on transgender identity’ Gay Times   Read an extract from this eye-opening book. CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing […]

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Celebrate Pride with Virago

During this unusual time, celebrate Pride from the comfort of your own home by discovering this carefully curated list of LGBTQIA+ reads. Here’s a selection of our books that centre of LGBTQIA+ themes, have LGBTQIA+ […]

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Looking Forward to 2020

  With the new decade nearly upon us we are looking forward to some of the titles we will be publishing in 2020.   In the first six months of the year we have an […]

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