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Between Lakes: The books and music that shaped Turning

  Guest post from Jessica J. Lee Reading while writing a book is controversial; some writers swear by it, while some swear off books entirely. I found it difficult to read memoirs while writing Turning, but I couldn’t swear off books entirely because I was in the midst of finishing my doctorate. So when it…

Win a copy of Turning and swim bag

To celebrate the launch of Jessica J. Lee’s Turning we have 5 copies of the book to give away, and as a special bonus, we have Turning-branding waterproof swimbags to give away too! For a chance to win 1 of 5 Turning packages, tweet us your favourite spots of calm (where you go to escape, relax or think) with the…

Virago Writing Tips: A Q&A with Susie Steiner

Readers and reviewers have fallen in love with your detective, Manon Bradshaw. What’s your top tip for creating a compelling central character? I think for a character to be real, you mustn’t sugar-coat them. Give them flaws, and I don’t mean adorable romcom flaws, like wearing wacky tights or shopping in flea markets. I mean…

Trans Like Me: A Journey For All of Us – C.N. Lester

   An agenda-setting, emotionally engaging book on transgender identity. What does it mean to be transgender? How do we discuss the subject? In this eye-opening book, CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing issues concerning the trans debate: from pronouns to Caitlyn Jenner; from feminist and…

Radical Hope

When award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers and activists including Junot Díaz, Mona Eltahawy,  Karen Joy Fowler, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Celeste Ng, Viet Thanh Nguyen,  Claire Messud,  Lisa See and Jane Smiley come together to write a collection of letters, you know it’s for an important cause. In the wake of Trump’s election, Radical Hope is…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club – My Cousin Rachel

With the film starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin scheduled for nationwide release next month, May feels like the perfect time to rediscover Daphne du Maurier’s mysterious, thrilling My Cousin Rachel. The Guardian placed this classic firmly ‘In the same category as Rebecca, but an even more consummate piece of storytelling’ while New York Times Book Review found My…

Win one of 100 copies of Radical Hope

We are living in turbulent times. As the 100th day of Donald Trump’s Presidency is almost upon us, Radical Hope – Carolina de Robertis’ collection of love letters from diverse and award-winning authors – offers an antidote to despair. We have 100 copies of Radical Hope to give away to Virago readers. Simply tell us who you would…