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Girl Reading – our next Virago Book Club choice

We’re pleased to announce that our next selection for the Virago Book Club is Girl Reading by Katie Ward. Girl Reading is a novel in seven portraits – each chapter is inspired by a different image of a girl or a woman reading. Described by The Times as ‘a real wow of a first novel’, the…

The Lifeboat – what the critics think

The Lifeboat is a book that has had us talking here for some time – now it’s the critics turn:     ‘Rogan’s debut may be later than many writers, and arguably all the better. She deploys her story’s materials (which come back quietly, murmuring in the ear in the night) with a quiet assurance…

Who was The Baroness?

The Baronness is Hannah Rothschild’s extraodinary account of her attempt to trace the life of her rebellious great-aunt Nica, surely one of the twentieth century’s most fascinating women. A Rothschild by birth and a Baroness by marriage, beautiful, spirited Pannonica – known as Nica – seemed to have it all: children, a handsome husband and a…

What I Love about The Paris Wife

To round up our Virago Book Club discussion on the mesmerising The Paris Wife, Paula McLain’s editor Ursula Doyle tells us how she came across the book and what it was about the novel that captivated her.

Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby: A Friendship

Virago has recently reissued A Testament of Friendship by Vera Brittain, a moving account of her close bond with the writer (and fellow Virago author, of Virago Modern Classics such as South Riding), Winifred Holtby. In the Telegraph, Brittain’s biographer Mark Bostridge throws light on the story of their friendship. Click here to read more.

Marilynne Robinson – When I Was a Child I Read Books

Recently we published the essays of the very great writer, Marilynne Robinson. When I Was a Child I Read Books was reviewed recently in the New Statesman, finishing with some observations that beautifully capture why this essayist and novelist matters so much: ‘Her chief love and guiding question is humanity. . . The question is what are we,…

The Lifeboat – exclusive preview of the first chapter

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan is published today, a book you will have already heard a lot about, from us as well as from others. A page-turning story of moral dilemmas, with one of the most intriguing and complicated heroines you will encounter, it tells the story of the aftermath of an explosion aboard a luxury transatlantic liner, just two…