Virago Modern Classics

Working Stevie Smith Out: A one-day conference on Smith’s work

In a guest post for the Virago blog, co-organiser of the Stevie Smith conference Noreen Masud presents a round up of the first one-day conference held on the once neglected poet and novelist. A witty but slippery writer, Stevie Smith (1902-1971) is best known for her poem ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ but is regaining popularity after years…

Brand new Daphne du Maurier editions as Virago Modern Classics

One of the best loved authors on the Virago Modern Classics list, Daphne du Maurier needs no introduction. This May, we’re adding three beautiful new paperback editions of her books to our collection, with more to come in July and October. If you know du Maurier from Rebecca, these new editions are the perfect way to…

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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – a Virago Modern Classic

Next month we reissue Elizabeth Taylor’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont to celebrate the book’s 45th Anniversary, with a new cover inspired by the original publication in 1971. In this tale of age and friendship, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric…

How The Kingdom and the Cave came to be, by Lizza Aiken.

Joan Aiken MBE published over a hundred books in a career spanning six decades, and wrote her first story, The Kingdom and the Cave, when she was just 17. This November her story of the thrilling adventure of a cat and his boy is being published as a Virago Modern Classic for a whole new audience,…