Why are folktales timelessly appealing?
The folktales of the British Isles tell stories of strange desires and troublingly alluring figures. They dig up remnants of old beliefs and patrol the shadowy borderlands between life and death. Folktales seize us with […]Read More
Discover Angela Carter
Angela Carter (1940–1992) was born in Eastbourne and brought up in south Yorkshire. One of Britain’s most original and disturbing writers, she read English at Bristol University and wrote her first novel, Shadow Dance, in […]Read More
Celebrating Angela Carter
This May would’ve marked Angela Carter’s 80th Birthday. To celebrate we are sharing snippets from her extraordinary career, including this extract from Nothing Sacred. ‘In the pursuit of magnificence, nothing is sacred,’ says Angela Carter, […]Read More
English Heritage commemorates Virago author Angela Carter
English Heritage has commemorated the legacy of award winning novelist Angela Carter with a blue plaque at her former home in Clapham. It was at this house, 107, The Chase, that Carter […]Read More
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter | #VMC40
As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you […]Read More
Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
Book of the Month: The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter Our Book of the month this July is Angela Carter’s brilliant The Magic Toyshop. One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother’s wedding dress. […]Read More
The Virago Halloween reading list 👻
Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve? Here are just a few suggestions in our Halloween reading list. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier With one of the most […]Read More
Moonlight, white satin, roses. A bride.
In this exclusive piece, Angela Carter biographer and academic Edmund Gordon explains what it is that makes The Magic Toyshop truly magical to him. The Magic Toyshop is Angela Carter’s second novel, but the first […]Read More