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Lessons from our grandmothers

‘What I’m saying — and nobody will tell you this but me — is that your hair is going to be frizzy. All of the time. You’ll be beside yourself.’ Bess Kalb has saved every […]

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Board the No. 12 Bus with Sandi Toksvig

Read an extract from Sandi Toksvig’s memoir, Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus Preface   When I was about seven my father gave me my […]

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Read and Extract from Tegan and Sara’s Memoir

  High School is Tegan and Sara’s first memoir, chronicling their teenage years during the height of grunge and rave culture in the 1990s in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The memoir is a bravely honest account […]

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First Look: Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

Virago is delighted to reveal the jacket for Sandi Tokvig’s wonderful memoir, Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus which they publish on October 31st. Says Sandi Toksvig, who will also record the audio book: ‘I loved what I saw from the top […]

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Between the Stops with Sandi Toksvig

Virago are delighted to announce Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus by the inimitable Sandi Toksvig, which is to be published on October 31, 2019. Writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for […]

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Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

  We are delighted to share the beautiful cover for Jessica J. Lee’s new book, Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration and Taiwan.   Part-nature writing, part-biography and beautifully written, Two Trees Make a […]

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Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad with this Riveting Memoir

In her powerful memoir,  I Was Told To Come Alone, Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet takes readers on a remarkable journey beyond the ominous headlines about terrorism, putting a human face on it. As a Muslim woman who was born […]

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The Violet Hour: Read an Extract

‘Elegant, cool, unforgettable’ (Observer), The Violet Hour is an urgent, unsentimental, insightful look into the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak and James Salter. Intimate and extraordinary, it helps […]

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Read an extract from Darling Days

Her Chapter 1 Babygirl’s Gun  13 Third Avenue, New York City, 1982   She said he gave her the little gun because it was classy and elegant, like her. A feminine twist of metal and […]

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Stop the Clocks by Joan Bakewell stops the press

Joan Bakewell’s thoughtful, moving and spirited memoir left a lasting effect on us here at Virago.   The extraordinary woman has led a varied, sometimes breathless life: she has been a teacher, copywriter, studio manager, […]

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Watch Carrie Brownstein at Rough Trade – and start reading Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

We’re enormously excited to announce that Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl – Carrie Brownstein’s candid, funny, deeply personal memoir of making a life in music – has been chosen as Rough Trade‘s BOOK OF […]

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