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Virago Modern Classics

Where to start with Gayl Jones

This September Virago are publishing Palmares the first new book from Gayl Jones in over two decades. Gayl Jones was first discovered and edited by Toni Morrison, and her talent was praised by writers including Maya Angelou, […]

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Introducing Attia Hosain

This August we will publish Attia Hosain’s compelling classic novel, Sunlight on a Broken Column, and her powerful collection of short stories, Phoenix Fled.  Attia Hosain (1913–1998) was born in Lucknow and educated at La Martiniere […]

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Read Barbara Pym

Barbara Pym (1913–1980) was born in Oswestry, Shrop shire. She was educated at Huyton College, Liverpool, and St Hilda’s College, Oxford, where she gained an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature. During the war […]

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Everything You Need to Know about Netflix’s Rebecca

Did you hear? Everyone’s favourite du Maurier novel is getting a shiny new adaptation!   Director Ben Wheatley has gone back to the book for inspiration for this fresh new look at a timeless story […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Street – Ann Petry

We’re honouring Black History Month this October for our Virago Modern Classic Book Club, so join us for a read along of Ann Petry’s beautiful novel, The Street. This ground-breaking debut novel from Petry was […]

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Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden, Designer Collection Edition

We are delighted to be adding a new novel to our Designer Collection this November: Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden. This beautiful hardback edition features artwork from the V&A’s textile collection and a new introduction by […]

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Meet the author | Daphne du Maurier

DAPHNE DU MAURIER (1907–89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. A voracious reader, she was from an […]

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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 […]

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Vol. II

Read an extract from The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Vol. II     Preface   My involvement with the life of Anne Lister began with a visit to the Calderdale Archives one late […]

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Pass the Story

  Discover a lost masterpiece Gayl Jones was only 26 when Corregidora was published in 1975. Toni Morrison was her editor, before she began her own writing career, and this influential, searing novel was hailed […]

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Dorothy West

Discover Dorothy West   This August we published Dorothy West’s The Wedding and The Richer, The Poorer, with a wonderful new introduction by Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People.   ‘A writer of huge compassion […]

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Discover The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

Gentleman Jack has been such a resounding success that BBC/HBO have already commissioned the second series – welcome news indeed. It’s a satisfying period drama but with a modern twist in both its subject and […]

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