Girl Reading: Our next Virago book club choice

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Seven portraits. Seven artists. Seven girls and women reading.

Described by The Times as ‘a real wow of a first novel’, Katie Ward’s richly textured debut is a perfectly imagined collection of tales about how each of these portraits came to be. And, as the connections accumulate, the narrative leads us into the present and beyond, resulting in an inspired celebration of women reading – and the artists who have caught them in the act.

We’ll be discussing this extraordinary book from 9 July onwards, and we’d love to know what you think. For a taster of the book, you can read the first chapter here, or listen to an audio extract here.

You can join the conversation on our forum or email us a review at

Happy Reading!

The Virago Team




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