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Lennie Goodings on Valley of the Dolls at fifty

Virago publisher, Lennie Goodings, shares her first experience of reading Jacqueline Susann’s multi-million best-selling book, Valley of the Dolls. I was 14 years old; a small-town, naïve Canadian girl. One of my friend’s parents had filled their small backyard with a new swimming pool and she invited a few of us over. We walked through…

Highsmith competition T’s and C’s

To enter to win a one set of This Sweet Sickness, Two Faces of January and People Who Knock on the Door by Patricia Highsmith, simply let us know your suggestion for a collective noun for the series @ViragoPress on Twitter by 12am BST 03.06.16.  Terms & Conditions: 1            This is a prize draw for…

Incredible reviews for Love Like Salt

In March we published Love Like Salt, a beautifully lyrical, moving memoir by Helen Stevenson.   When she discovered that her baby daughter had cystic fibrosis, one of the most common incurable inherited diseases, Helen Stevenson stopped writing, feeling she needed every ounce of her strength to protect her child: ‘Some of it I did…

Thirteen Daphne du Maurier facts for Friday 13th

Friday 13th May, marks the 109th anniversary of the birth of Daphne du Maurier, one of the best-loved authors of the twentieth century. Here, we’ve compiled 13 facts about the author and her work. 1.A truly great novel grabs you from the very first sentence, and Rebecca features one of the most famous first lines in literature:…

Working Stevie Smith Out: A one-day conference on Smith’s work

In a guest post for the Virago blog, co-organiser of the Stevie Smith conference Noreen Masud presents a round up of the first one-day conference held on the once neglected poet and novelist. A witty but slippery writer, Stevie Smith (1902-1971) is best known for her poem ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ but is regaining popularity after years…