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The Weather in the Streets | VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This February our #VMC40 book of the month is The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann The…

Where are all the blue plaques celebrating women?

Blue plaques are found right across Greater London, showing us where important people in history have lived and worked. Over 900 official plaques have been erected across London since the scheme began in 1866. But, currently just 14 per cent of blue plaques across the city celebrate women. The first plaque to a woman was…

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A Complete List of Atwood Fiction

As the first month of 2019 draws to a close, the spotlight remains firmly on Margaret Atwood. We wait with bated breath for the release in September of The Testaments, The Handmaid’s Tale sequel and are delighted that she was inducted into the Order of the Companions of Honour as part of the New Year’s honours. A…

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Read an Extract | The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Praised by The Wall Street Journal as ‘a beautiful book . . . crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love,’ and by Marie Claire as ‘ a poignant reflection on loss and companionship,’ The Friend is a stunning meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

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Fire from Heaven | VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This January our #VMC40 book of the month is Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault Fire from Heaven By Mary Renault Fire from Heaven is…

Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault

Virago Modern Classics Book Club January 2019 Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault A new year and a new collection of Virago Modern Classics for your reading pleasure. We are kicking off our 2019 Virago Modern Classics Book Club with Mary Renault’s classic: Fire From Heaven. In the first novel of her stunning trilogy, Mary Renault vividly…

Looking forward to 2019

Writing this on the day that drones have shut down Gatwick airport and the cabinet is melting down even further over Brexit, it’s tempting to bury one’s head in the sand about what 2019 might bring… However books have always been a source of solace – not to mention inspiration, entertainment and enlightenment – for…