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Book of the Month: Excellent Women

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Excellent Women

This November we are reading Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women. One of the most endearingly amusing English novels of the twentieth century – Alexander McCall Smith Mildred Lathbury is one of those ‘excellent women’ who is often taken for granted. She is a godsend, ‘capable of dealing with most of the stock situations of life – birth,…

Q&A with Margaret Atwood

Fresh from receiving the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Franz Kafka award in Prague, Margaret Atwood can now look forward to a brilliant six part film adaptation of Alias Grace (Netflix November 3rd). And so can we. Margaret Atwood has published with Virago since 1979. Her…

Alias Grace

Win a signed copy of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace debuts in the UK on 3rd November. To celebrate, we have five signed copies of the new edition to give away. If you liked The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll love Alias Grace.  While The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a dystopian future and Alias Grace takes us back…

C Pam Zhang

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang coming Spring 2019

Debut novel about Chinese-American sisters in the American West, during the Gold Rush, pre-empted by Virago Press ‘I was left stunned by this book. It’s not just a new Western; it’s an entirely fresh narrative about American immigration.’   Senior Commissioning Editor Ailah Ahmed secured UK&C rights in How Much of These Hills is Gold…

Margaret Atwood Alias Grace

On the set of Alias Grace with Margaret Atwood

In the opening episode of the multi-Emmy-winning US adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood makes a cameo as one of the Aunts, slapping Elizabeth Moss’s Offred with convincing vitriol. So fans will be thrilled to hear she’s also lined up to appear in the Netflix adaptation of Alias Grace which premieres in the UK…

Tipping the Velvet 20th Anniversary Edition

‘What fun it was to write! That’s what I remember most about it: the fun, the fizz, the exhilaration of putting it together, page by page. I owe Tipping the Velvet a great deal… It made an author of me, leaving me with a hunger to write again, and write better’  – Sarah Waters We…

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Lolly Willowes

Our Book of the Month for October is Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner ‘The novel sharply undercuts its genteel appearance to reveal a dark and visceral heart… An elegantly enchanting tale that transcends its era’ – Observer Lolly Willowes is a twenty-eight-year-old spinster when her adored father dies, leaving her dependent upon her brothers and…

Virago to publish The Last Girl

‘Telling my story of first, surviving genocide and then, as a captive of ISIS is not easy, but people must know.’ Nadia Murad is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations. She is also a courageous young Yazidi woman who…