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The Violet Hour: Read an Extract

‘Elegant, cool, unforgettable’ (Observer), The Violet Hour is an urgent, unsentimental, insightful look into the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak and James Salter. Intimate and extraordinary, it helps us to be less afraid in the face of death. Read an extract here. The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club – The Women’s Room

The March VMC book club pick was The Women’s Room, by Marilyn French. As a landmark text in feminist literature, it was an appropriate choice for the month which houses International Women’s Day and the Virago #BooksforChange social media challenge. The Women’s Room was first published in 1977, and is a biting social commentary of a world…

Win tickets to The Handmaiden – Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions This is a prize draw for one reader to win one pair of tickets to The Handmaiden film, one film poster, one film t-shirt, 4 badges and one copy of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters in paperback. Travel expenses are not included in the prizeTo enter, please fill your details in the form…

NOW CLOSED Win forty Virago Press books!

*This competition is now closed. Any entries received will not be counted.* To celebrate reaching forty thousand Virago loving followers on Twitter, we’re giving you the chance to win forty, yes forty Virago books. The prize will be a mixture of classics, some of our new and best-loved fiction, memoir, biography, and even an advanced copy of…

“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…