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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…

Win tickets to UK screening of And Still I Rise

To celebrate the sold- out London Premiere of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, we’ve teamed up with BFI to give you the chance to win tickets to the premiere on Thursday 9 March 2017 18:10. This is the first feature doc to be made about the inspirational life of Maya Angelou also highlights her…

Molly Keane: A Life Launch Parties

To launch Molly Keane: A Life, Virago, Sally Phipps and Virginia Brownlow organised two launch parties to celebrate – one at The Grainstore, Ballymaloe in Ireland on the 2nd February and one at Daunt Books, Marylebone in London on the 25th January.        

Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt

Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt If I said I was a musician to a taxi driver I know they’d glance in the mirror and say: ‘Classical?’ I’d prefer it if they guessed I was a confident, smokey-eyed jazz singer, but they’re too good at judging people by the way they move, talk,…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club – Deep Water

p February’s 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 influence that Highsmith has…

Read the prologue to In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant

Florence, January 1502   You couldn’t call him tall; he was barely an inch bigger than her, and wiry in stature. His soot- black hair was cut unfashionably close to his head and his face, broad at the eyes, tapered via a thin nose to a sharp clean- shaven chin. The word weasel had come to mind when they first…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club – Good Behaviour

The first pick in the Virago Modern Classic book club was Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour. Set in Molly’s native Ireland, the novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1981 (the year that Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie was awarded the honour).  Good Behaviour has many fans – Hilary Mantel, Molly Keane and Maggie O’Farrell…