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Carrie's War

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Carrie’s War

Our Book of the Month for December is a childhood favourite: Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. ‘A touching, utterly convincing book’ Jacqueline Wilson ‘I did a dreadful thing, the worst thing of my life, when I was twelve and a half years old, and nothing can change it’ It is wartime and Carrie and her…

Calling all Sarah Waters fans

In 2018 year we publish the 20th anniversary edition of Sarah Waters’ debut novel, Tipping the Velvet. As part of the celebrations, Sarah will be at Virago HQ in January to record exclusive material for the soon-to-relaunch Virago podcast (more on that soon . . .) Named author of the year four times by the…

Nina Bawden VMC Collection

Memories of My Mother by Robert Bawden

For as long as I can remember, my mum was always writing. Her brief career in journalism was brought to an end firstly by the birth of my older brother, Niki, and then by a move from London to Surrey to escape the dreadful London smogs. She decided to write her first novel around the…

Read an Excerpt from Love & Fame

Susie Boyt’s tender and funny, Love & Fame, is out now. Waterstones | Amazon | Wordery | Foyles   Enjoy the first chapter:   But this should be the happiest time of your . . . Just let yourself . . . Lots of people would die to . . . you should be ….

Win a signed copy of The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad is a Yazidi girl who, at just 23 years old, has survived genocide and captivity by ISIS. She is now working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on behalf of our people. The Last Girl is Nadia’s story, published by Virago on 9th November. We have five signed copies…

I’m With Nadia

On 9th November, Virago publish The Last Girl, the remarkable and courageous story of twenty-three year old Yazidi woman Nadia Murad who is working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on behalf on her people. Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to helping women and children who have survived genocide, mass atrocities and human…

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…