Message From the Skies with Val McDermid & Susan Ferrier

Inspired by a line from Robert Burns’ poem Sketch New Year’s Day. To Mrs Dunlop (1790),Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival commissioned bestselling author Val McDermid to write a short story, New Year’s Resurrection, which is being told in a series of chapters through projections and other art onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh throughout January….

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#ViragoReads, Festive Recommendations Edition

Fill your stocking with reading recommendations from the Virago team You can’t go wrong with the gift of a good book, so we’ve put our heads together and created our festive gift recommendations, read on for bookish inspiration for the Virago in your life. Ailah Ahmed, Senior Commissioning Editor: @ailahahmed You Play the Girl: on Playboy…

Val McDermid’s Five Scottish Women Writers Everyone Should Read

On 28th December, Virago publish Marriage by Susan Ferrier. First published in 1818, this sharply observed, comic novel is ripe for rediscovery. Bestselling author Val McDermid is a great advocate and has written an exclusive foreword for the new edition. Here she shares five Scottish women writers she believes everyone should read, including both Susan…

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Virago acquires Hormonal by Eleanor Morgan

Virago acquires HORMONAL by Eleanor Morgan Senior Commissioning Editor Ailah Ahmed secured UK&C rights in Hormonal: A Journey into How Our Bodies Affect Our Minds and Why it’s Difficult to Talk About It by Eleanor Morgan from Jon Elek at United Agents. Seal Press, an imprint of Hachette US, has acquired NA rights. Virago will…

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The gift of a good book

There is nothing better than receiving a good book, except perhaps giving one in return. So this festive period, we are giving you the chance to win two copies of Marriage by Susan Ferrier simply by snapping a picture of any Virago book you receive this winter – one copy for you and one for the person who…

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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…

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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 ….