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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.

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…

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…

Enter the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer award

Sarah Savitt, Deputy Publisher at Virago, and Sam Baker, Co-Founder and CEO of The Pool, are thrilled to announce the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award, a competition to find a superlative new female crime writer for Virago – and we want your entries! With the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award we want to…