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Girl Reading: Our next Virago book club choice

Seven portraits. Seven artists. Seven girls and women reading. Described by The Times as ‘a real wow of a first novel’, Katie Ward’s richly textured debut is a perfectly imagined collection of tales about how each of these portraits came to be. And, as the connections accumulate, the narrative leads us into the present and…

Virago Book Club – ask a question for Katie Ward!

We are delighted to say that Katie will be joining in our Virago Book Club discussion about current selection Girl Reading by answering any questions you have about the book. So you could ask about the how she wrote it, or about the stories behind the paintings which inspired it, or perhaps something specific about any of the characters…

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.