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A speech from Carmen Callil – from 5×5 London

At a speech given at 5×5, at the Tabernacle, London in February 2017, Virago Press founder Carmen Callil delivered this rousing call to arms for the younger generation. Some years ago, we published as a Virago Modern Classic my friend Polly Devlin’s All of Us There, a social history of her childhood in Ardboe, in Northern Ireland. Seamus…

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”

After many requests from readers, in 2017 we’ll be publishing the entire Anne Shirley series by L. M. Montgomery as Virago Modern Classics. The series will have covers illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, who created the much loved covers for the Emily trilogy. Here are the books and covers in order.  L. M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley books in order…

Which Virago is your mother?

If you’re stumped for a Mother’s Day gift, and your Mum’s a lover of literature, here’s a few suggestions from the Virago Modern Classics gift range . . . If she is radical, adventurous, independent and injects a touch of magic into everything she does, she is Angela Carter. The Magic Toyshop mug and notepad….

Our favourite Anne Shirley quotes

Anne Shirley has been a best friend, feminist heroine and literary life coach for women worldwide, including many of us in the Virago team. Virago Modern Classics are so proud to publish beautiful new editions of Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island on 2 March, with the rest of…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club- Deep Water

February’s Virago Modern Classic book club selection was Deep Water, by the ‘original, gloriously twisted Queen of suspense’ Patricia Highsmith. The novel was first published in 1957, and counts Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn among it’s many fans. The Virago Modern Classic edition includes material from Flynn, taken from her Wall Street Journal interview on the…

Lucrezia Borgia: A Bloodstain on the Canvas of History

An exclusive from Sarah Dunant Imagine history as an enormous pointillist painting, the whole swirling chaos of the past represented through millions of coloured dots. Close to, it makes little sense, but step back and your eye finds shape and meaning, an epic narrative that sets out to explore and explain the journey so far….

The Virago Modern Classic book club.

Ahead of the fortieth anniversary of the Virago Modern Classics list next year, we want to help you discover more even exceptional writing by classic women writers. With this mind, we’re excited to introduce the brand new Virago Modern Classics book club. Every month we’ll choose a book for you to read or rediscover from the Virago Modern…

Share your #BooksforChange with Virago this March

This March, we are running a month-long social media campaign, which we’re calling #BooksforChange. Inspired by the official hashtag for International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange, we’re going to spend the whole month sharing inspiring books by women, and we want you to get involved. Every day throughout March, we’ll share a Virago book representing the…