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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – The Charioteer

This July marks fifty years since the creation of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which decriminalized homesexual acts between men in England and Wales, and birthed the modern LGBTQ movement in Britain. With Pride Festival kicking off on Saturday 24th June, there couldn’t be a better time to shed some light on this (somewhat)…

The Charioteer competition

Terms & Conditions 1.   This is a prize draw to win one of five copies of The Charioteer by Mary Renault. The Winners will be selected at random from the correct entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions. The Winners shall be selected by a member of the Little, Brown marketing team,…

Read: A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. Deft, spare and devastating, A Boy in Winter tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. Man Booker shortlisted Rachel Seiffert‘s new novel is out now….

Rebecca voted the Nation’s Favourite Book

To celebrate their 225th anniversary, WHSmith asked readers to vote for their favourite book of the last 225 years. Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, George Orwell and the Bronte sisters all made it to the shortlist, but trumping them all was Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Dark, thrilling, romantic and intriguing, Rebecca is a classic read and this announcement…

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…