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Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award And read an extract from the 1930s Manhattan-set detective story that won lecturer Lara Thompson a book deal   By Lily Peschardt – originally published on The Pool.   We are delighted to announce that Virago and The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award is Lara Thompson for her…

Alias Grace – coming to Netflix 3rd November

Wondering what will fill The Handmaid’s Tale shaped hole in your home entertainment schedule? Look no further than Alias Grace, the brilliant adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel starring Sarah Gadon, which will air on Netflix from 3rd November.  Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along…

The Glass Castle – in cinemas October 6th

The adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ New York Times bestseller, The Glass Castle, will be in cinemas on October 6th. Starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson, it is a startling adaptation of the heartbreaking story of a successful journalist’s journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled…

Meet the winner of Virago and The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement 

Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement Sarah Savitt, Publisher at Virago, and Sam Baker, Co-Founder and CEO of The Pool, are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award is Lara Thompson for her debut novel One Night, New York. Val McDermid gave Thompson the award in person today…

The Vet’s Daughter

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Vet’s Daughter

  Our Book of the Month for September is a witty and touching classic: The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns. ‘A small Gothic masterpiece . . . I have read it many times, and with every re-read I marvel again at its many qualities – its darkness, its strangeness, its humour, its sadness, its startling images and twists of…

#ViragoReads

#ViragoReads

Team Virago’s Recommended Reads: With just a few weeks of summer left, the Virago team have been contemplating their favourite summer reads. With suggestions ranging from Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire to Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (plus a Virago title each, thrown in for good measure) we had to share our summer reads recommendations. Read…

Read an extract from You Play the Girl

We all know who The Girl is. She holds The Hero’s hand as he runs through the Pyramids, chasing robots. Or she nags him, or foils him, plays the uptight straight man to his charming loser. She’s idealised, degraded, dismissed, objectified and almost always dehumanised. How do we process these insidious portrayals, and how do…

Virago Modern Classic Book Club - In A Summer Season

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: In A Summer Season

Introducing the Virago Modern Classic Book Club August pick: In A Summer Season by Elizabeth Taylor. A love story for the ages, this August we are reading Elizabeth Taylor’s In A Summer Season. Will you be reading along? “You taste of rain,” he said, kissing her. “People say I married her for her money,” he thought contentedly,…

VMC Book Club - Anne of Green Gables

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Anne of Green Gables

A childhood favourite that deserves a re-read. ‘Oh, it seems so wonderful that I’m going to live with you and belong to you. I’ve never belonged to anybody’ When a scrawny, freckled girl with bright red hair arrives on Prince Edward Island, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are taken by surprise; they’d asked for a quiet…

Buy any Sarah Waters ebook for £2.99 in July

This July marks 50 years since the creation of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts between men in England and Wales and helped give birth to the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the UK. Sarah Waters is well known for her contribution to LGBTQ literature – she has won two…