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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Trans Like Me by C N Lester

‘One of the year’s most important books on transgender identity’ Gay Times   Read an extract from this eye-opening book. CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet

Read an extract from the true classic that is Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet. A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King – oyster girl turned music-hall […]

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Pride 2020 | An Extract from Mary Renault’s The Charioteer

In the first of our Pride 2020 extracts, discover The Charioteer by Mary Renault. First published in 1953, The Charioteer is a tender, intelligent coming-of-age novel and a bold, unapologetic portrayal of homosexuality that stands with Gore Vidal’s The […]

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Celebrate Pride with Virago

During this unusual time, celebrate Pride from the comfort of your own home by discovering this carefully curated list of LGBTQIA+ reads. Here’s a selection of our books that centre of LGBTQIA+ themes, have LGBTQIA+ […]

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Read an Extract | The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon Out in Hardback September 2018. Ebook now available.  Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone […]

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From the bestselling author of The Bookseller of Kabul

‘We have decided to travel to Syria and help out down there as best we can . . . please do not be cross with us’   In October 2013 two teenage sisters left Oslo […]

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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 […]

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Tipping the Velvet 20th Anniversary Edition

‘What fun it was to write! That’s what I remember most about it: the fun, the fizz, the exhilaration of putting it together, page by page. I owe Tipping the Velvet a great deal… It […]

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Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement 

  Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement Sarah Savitt, Publisher at Virago, and Sam Baker, Co-Founder and CEO of The Pool, are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Anne of Green Gables

  A childhood favourite that deserves a re-read. ‘Oh, it seems so wonderful that I’m going to live with you and belong to you. I’ve never belonged to anybody’ When a scrawny, freckled girl with […]

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing Psychological Thrillers by Clare Mackintosh

After having only two published books I can’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. Plus, I’ll let you into a little secret: I LET YOU GO […]

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Virago Writing Tips: A Q&A with Susie Steiner

Readers and reviewers have fallen in love with your detective, Manon Bradshaw. What’s your top tip for creating a compelling central character? I think for a character to be real, you mustn’t sugar-coat them. Give […]

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